Novelty Clocks 262-354
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262.            $250

“Monkey Business”, made by Junghans, Germany, ca 1920. We have sold similar clocks in the past.  The monkey is holding a book in his lap, and his eyes and jaw move up and down slowly as the time only 30-hour movement runs.  There is a line that runs up from the movement to the jaw and eyes.  The cast metal case is 9 ½ inches high.  It will run a bit and quit.  Will need to be serviced.  $250-$400.

264.            $350

French 2-piece porcelain clock named, “Old Paris”, ca 1865. The 8-day mound French movement is signed, “Gilbert E. A.  Paris”, and it has the typical makers circle with a name in it that I cannot read without taking the clock apart.  No Thanks.  The clock is 18 inches high, has no big problems just the usual small hairlines in the porcelain and the dial.  The 8-day silk thread movement is running and striking a bell attached to the movement.  The dial has a small chip at the strike arbor and some unappealing hairlines.  The hands are correct, so is the pendulum and winding key.  Overall a very eye-catching clock that collectors wish for.  $400-$750.

 

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310.      $35

Lux “Good Luck Horseshoe” clock, ca. 1939.  A bright chrome, 8-inch tall alarm clock with a silvered paper dial.  Running and keeping time, one day backwind.  All the knobs and screws are in place, the alarm rings should you need it.  Only very slight pitting to the finish, no major flaws.  Who doesn’t need one of these?  We sold two last year for $45 each.  $50-$75 on eBay.

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314.      $25

United Clock Co. “Lucky” electric clock, 1949.  A chrome horseshoe on a stepped wooden base holding an electric clock, marked “Lucky” at the top of the horseshoe.  The stamped manufacture date inside is 1949. The cord and plug are new; the clock is running and keeping time, 9 inches tall and 9.5 inches wide.  $25-$50.

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318.      $40

Penwood “Numechron”, 1946.  Penwood Electric began in the 1930’s and were prolific manufacturers of digital (in the pre-digital age) clocks.  The name Numechron refers to all their digital clocks (they made timers and other devices as well).  No model name or number is shown on this clock, but the manufacture date appears to be stamped on the bottom as 5-46.  The brown marbleized Bakelite case is in perfect condition with no cracks, scrapes, or missing corners.  It is running and keeping time nicely.  A nice overview of Numechron clocks can be found here.  These clocks sell on eBay for $50-$100.

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322.     $200

French swinger on Moreau’s Cupid.  This is a bronze or bronze-coated statue of Auguste Moreau’s sculpture of Cupid.  In other examples the boy is holding an arrow in his right hand and the left hand is holding a bow; here the left the hand holds the mount for the ball and pendulum clock.  The 15.5-inch statue and marble base are in excellent shape with no damage or wear, making me think they are not old (1970’s?); however, the movement inside the ball looks quite a bit older than that and has had some repairs.  The clock and pendulum are also in very nice shape.  The clock is running, but not robustly.  Nothing other than the statue is signed.  With the clock mounted it stands 19.5 inches high.  Includes a key.  $250-$450.

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351.      $25

Haddon Golden Vision, 1957.  Haddon mystery clocks look very much like the more common Jefferson Golden Hour clocks, and both companies were in Chicago, IL.  Although both are based on patents by Leendert Prins, the Haddon clock uses a wire connection from the minute hand tip to a gear ring in the bezel to move the hand, and the geared-down hour hand, around the dial.  Like the Jefferson clocks, the motor is in the base and rotates a gear ring in the bezel. While the dial is vertical in Jefferson clocks, most (but not all) Golden Visions, including this one, have the dial tilted back by about 10° for easier viewing.  The clock also is lit from behind, and the light control is twist knob at the back of the clock. The light shines out an opening, ideally onto a near wall to provide backlighting for the dial.  This clock is running and keeping time; it lacks the bottom cover plate over the motor.  The gold-tone case is in excellent condition; the hour hand shows some small scrape marks.  $25-$50.

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352.     $215

Jefferson Electric Co. “Suspense”, ca. 1958.  This is the third Suspense we have had in as many auctions, a normally difficult mystery clock to find. The clock stands 13 inches high with a glass back, dial numerals on the back of the glass, and a plexiglass dial suspended on a beaded chain.  The minute hand is tightened down against the plexiglass while the hour hand is free to rotate.  The motor at the top turns the chain which turns the clear dial and the hands move with it, the hour hand geared down by 12.   The finish on this clock is in excellent shape, with no scratches or loss of the 24K gold finish.  There is some noticeable corrosion on the base at the back, but it is not visible from the front.  The power cord is original, and the motor is running with minimal noise, but a bit fast.  Sale prices in the last two auctions were $240 and $256. 

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354.     $25

Penwood Numechron Co. “24 HR”, 1952.  From back in the days when digital wasn’t commonplace. This is a 24-hour clock, or military time.  Dark brown Bakelite case, 8 inches wide, 4 inches high, and 4 inches deep. Clear plastic window with plastic rollers with the hours, minutes, and a continuously rolling seconds display with each 15 second segment in a different color.  You set the time by moving the rollers with your finger from underneath.  Clock is running and keeping time.  Original power cord.  $25-$50.

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