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Magneta shelf clock origin?

Raymond Rice

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I recently acquired a Magenta slave shelf clock. The only marking on the clock is the word Magneta on the dial. The works are very dirty, but I pulsed it with a 1.5 volt battery and it stepped the minute hand for each pulse.
It appears that there were several firms who used the "Magneta" label.
Does anyone know who would have been the manufacturer of this clock?

(As a side note, I did a search on "Magneta" and the response from the search was that there were 131 references spread over 6 pages. The system would only let me see the first 40 on 2 pages. Appears to be an interesting bug in the search function.)

Ray Rice, in subzero Rifton
 

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malloy1

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That is a Martin-Fischer Magneta (Swiss) slave clock. Your right with the voltage (1.5V) and one pulse per minute. Nice Clock.

I have 5 (4 wall and 1 shelf) of them in various sizes. The last one is not mine, but one that was in the lobby of the Singer Building in NYC.

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malloy1

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It's also an alternating pulse. So if you are using a 1.5v battery, you would need to switch the wires so it gets -/+ one pulse, than +/- the next.
 

malloy1

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Not sure why the photo didn't upload. Same style dials as yours.

Did you ever get it running?