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Thanks to everyone for bringing back my favorite thread!

Quite a range of new additions to the topic. Very nice.

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Thanks to everyone for bringing back my favorite thread!

Quite a range of new additions to the topic. Very nice.

Bob
Here's a couple more.

I like the light up advertising clocks, too.

Here are a couple in my downstairs 1/2 bath:

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The first is for Bulova. Scott Jewelers were in Lowell, MA, not too far from the clocks current location. It is not a Pam clock, though rather similar. Could not find a maker's mark. Based upon a shadow, I do believe it once had a stick on maker's tag. I think 50's or '60's. Very nice condition. Works well.

The 2nd one is for the men's clothing maker, Hart, Schaffner and Marx. The golden trumpeter on the horse was their logo apparently. I had not seen this style of clock before. High quality with the back made from heavy gauge enameled steel rather than a thin aluminum. Really like that burgundy dial background color. Could not find a maker's mark. Also works well. Very nice condition. To me, the style of the frame looks '40's or '50's. That was a time when this brand was considered top quality and they produced some real snazzy print ads showing classy "mature" men being ogled by the women!

Both clocks were flea market finds.

I use small LED bulbs as they don't get as hot as regular incandescent ones. The heat damages the advertising.

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Hello All,
I thought to list this clock under the maker postings but there did not seem to be a Winterhalder and Hofmeier option so I decided to list it under the Advertising choice. My Winterhalder and Hofmeier timepiece advertizes Nestle products. The overall case is 12 inches in diameter with a 9 inch chapter ring dial which I believe is original. I have researched W and H clocks in the round wall clock style and have not found one with these dimensions. Larger diameter cases were found with other ads and railroad dials but I did not find another in any size that had a Nestle's advertisement. If anyone has seen this size W and H clock or any with Nestle advertising I would welcome an email at: carl@heirloomclocks.net
Thank you in advance for any posting or email.
Cordially,
Carl

Collection W and H Nestle's Advertising 2.JPG
 
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The Nestles clock.................. now I know who outbid me :)) and nice to know it's going to a good home!
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Hello All,
About 40 years ago I developed an interest antique clocks (the furniture I had been buying started to get too heavy and needed too much work to prepare for resale). Soon friends and co-workers started to bring me their clocks when they learned I could repair, clean and service them. Before I knew it I was in the clock business as Heirloom Clocks.
The attachments show two that I decided to make into advertisers for my business by creating the designs on the glasses in the style used in the early 20th century. Both clocks are over 100 years old and function properly.
The black one is a spring driven Seth Thomas Eight Day Timepiece similar to Office No. 6 without the top and bottom case pieces. (Tran's Seth Thomas book indicates it was available without the top if a plainer case was desired...I assume the bottom could be excluded as well.)
The second attachment shows an Imperial Electric Timepiece, originally operated by two No. 6 Dry Cells to produce the power necessary to raise the weight arm that drives the movement. I converted to D cells to produce a less expensive alternative to the now expensive No. 6 cells. The falling weight is the real source of power for the movement, so the batteries last a long time, being only needed momentarily to impulse the weight back up to its highest position.
Cordially,
Carl

P.S. I apologize...I forgot to include the attachment for the Imperial Timepiece in my earlier posting

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Well, this advertising clock is not nearly as nice as the one RAK recently posted. However, it does tie in to some interesting history.

What I have been told, and I have not fact checked it so please feel free to do so, is that beer is now pasteurized. This allows it to "travel" and gives it a shelf life. In the old days, that was not. So also given the general lack of refrigeration, no trucking, bad roads and so on, beer had to be either made at home or close to home. That's what I have been told.

SO, many cities and regions had their local beers. I remember when much younger growing up in NYC, there were 3 local brands. Piels, Rheingold and Knickerbocker. By the way, I don't like beer and never drank any of them.

In a fit of nostalgia, I made this TRULY junk shop find in my travels and just had to have it. It's an electric Knickerbocker advertising wall clock:

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Works great.

Look at that expression! He sure do like his brewsky. The character comes from Washington Irving's 1809 novel, A History of New-York from the Beginning of the World to the End of the Dutch Dynasty, by Diedrich Knickerbocker. He came to symbolize NYC. People from Manhattan were called "knickerbockers". I guess sort of like Uncle Sam did for the US. And now you know how the basketball team got its name, too.

The image is printed on cardboard. It is not transferred to the back of a glass. Here's the absolutely completely original back of the clock and the movement:

knickerbocker clock 3.JPG knickerbocker clock 4.JPG

No maker's name. This is on the lower edge of the dial:

knickerbocker clock 2.JPG

This clock was NEVER made to light up. There is a light up version with the same image. I dare say that the latter is more desirable.

Note the name Jacob Ruppert. I date this clock to the '50's or '60's. He died in 1939. He owned the Knickerbocker Brewery which as best I can tell went away in 1965. And what else?

He owned the NY Yankees during their absolute Golden Age, doing things like buying Babe Ruth's contract from the Boston Red Sox and building Yankee Stadium. Ironically, "Knick" would become the official beer of the NY Giants. Go figure.

So much history from a junky (but fun and nostalgic) clock.

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There are some interesting, beautiful clocks in this thread. RM, I really like the Knickerbocker clock and especially the Bulova Scott shown earlier. I have been passively on the hunt for an electric advertising clock for a bit now as I don't own any. I have passed on a few as my hope is to find a brewery/beer clock first. Not too many come around.
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There are some interesting, beautiful clocks in this thread. RM, I really like the Knickerbocker clock and especially the Bulova Scott shown earlier. I have been passively on the hunt for an electric advertising clock for a bit now as I don't own any. I have passed on a few as my hope is to find a brewery/beer clock first. Not too many come around.
Don
Thanks for your kind comments.

I love them too! I especially like the ones with back lit dials. Depending upon subject matter, they can be rather pricey!

For me, condition is paramount. With the back lit models, the advertising may be damaged. Sometimes it’s just flaking or damaged from the heat of the incandescent bulbs used. Often too high a wattage was used. I use small LED bulbs to avoid that.

I test them before purchase to make sure they work & light up properly. Lots have problems with wiring or the motor coils. I don’t want to be bothered with those types of repairs. I also check that the plug & cord are good.

Also, no cracks or breaks in the clear glass & especially the advertising glass. The former is less problematic as good repop clear glass covers are available. Once I bought a Pam clock for the ice cream of a defunct local N. Shore creamery. Replaced the glass. Looked great. Still sold instantly to someone who lived in that town.

And of course, the biggest proviso: beware of repops & fakes. There are real good repop advertising glasses! People buy damaged clocks & install them. Also, the neons are being reproduced. I’ve seen a few Harley neons.

Yes, the neons, the ultimate light up. Great clocks, but expensive to acquire, expensive to repair, etc.

This genre of clocks are a side line for me, so I take the decidedly cheapskate approach.

RM
 
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A reasonable book about advertising clocks is Bruner, Advertising Clocks: America's Timeless Heritage. Like most Schiffer books, lots of pix, not a lot of text. I also wish that pix of the back of the clocks were included. Still a nice reference.

Of course, Jerry Maltz's book about Bairds is a must have for any horological library.

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Does this qualify as and advertising clock? It came from the Glen Leven Presbyterian Church in Nashville, TN.
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Does this qualify as and advertising clock? It came from the Glen Leven Presbyterian Church in Nashville, TN.
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Very nice clock. I guess not really an advertising clock per se. A clock with a custom inscription on the dial? I have seen any # of clocks with inscriptions on the dial like that. Some have the name of an institution, a business, the donor(s), in whose honor it was donated, thanking someone for their service and so on.

Finally, I don't think He ever really needed to advertise?

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This is an update to the restoration of the "Monell's Teething Cordil" clock shown in post #171 of this thread. I found the bezels separately and matched them to a case I acquired. The clock looked fine, but this model is one of the few Baird clocks which is pictured in Jerry Maltz's book with the "Magoo" bow tie between the bezels. The bow tie on each side looks like the profile of Mr. Magoo the cartoon character. Out of the blue I found a case with the Magoo bow tie and transferred the teething cordial bezels to that case. Needless to say, I feel pretty lucky to have found that case. David, Owen.or

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Nice work David. Your Baird collection has seen some great additions over the years!!! Still jealous over the tin Chamberlin Cigars clock. Saw the one that Jerry Maltz had owned at the Fontaine auction in 2018, but was out of $ by the time it was offered, lol.
 

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Bob, Thanks for the kind words. Thank goodness for Ed Beacham in Sisters, OR who created a new great wheel for the Chamberlain Cigars clock. David, Owen.or

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This is a Girard Perregaux shop clock that is of better quality than many advertising clocks are - very solidly built. It is a slave clock and once I figured out where to locate a driver pack for it, it keep excellent time in my kitchen.
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AND THE LOVE HATE RELATIONSHIP WITH BAIRD CLOCKS CONTINUES...

I spotted three at a recent auction that would be nice additions. Came home with one. Perhaps just slightly nicer than average, this one displays pretty well and I think is a keeper. Picked up a couple of non-Baird advertisers as well that I'll post later on.

Bob

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I should add when saying "Love - Hate" relationship with Baird clocks, it is that I always find Bairds that I very much would like to add to the herd, but I usually don't end up with clocks I planned to win.

This weekends auction was no exception. Once again a really really nice one got way... Rats!

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Recently acquired this on one of my picking routes.

An example was posted on the Forums under electric clocks I think back in 2007. This is a nice example that I think belongs here.

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The dial is textured foil on cardboard. There is a glass in the front.

The case is wood that is painted silver with a black high light. In this instance, the paint has survived quite well. A # of examples I found in my search are rather chipped up.

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The movement here needs to be started up after being plugged in by turning a knob on the back. You know it's running as a red and white disk rotates behind the small aperture in the dial between the hands and 9 o'clock. Actually keeps good time.

Speaking of the back of the clock, here it is:

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It was manufactured by the Kodel Electric & Mfg Co. of Cincinnati, OH. From what I found, they were incorporated in 1925. They also made a variety of electric domestic shelf clocks. The company sued Warren Telechron in 1933 for some sort of copyright infringement. I couldn't find when they went out of business.

Here's what I found on the inside of the clock when I took the clock apart to clean all the dead bugs out:

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It looks like in "2-42", a repair person signed and dated the inside a profile of himself.

He did it again on the outer backboard:

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Looks like "2-4-42"?

I really like little things like that.

RM
 
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Some further insight regarding the patent lawsuits with Warren Telechron Company, all written in legalese:


 

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PLEASE SHARE YOUR ANTIQUE ADVERTISING CLOCKS! Many advertising clocks have been shared on this board; however, I do not recall a specific post requesting that collectors share their advertising clocks. I have tried to collect Baird clocks over the past few years and have found it a great challenge to find good clocks at prices within reason. While looking for these clocks, I have seen a number of wonderful advertising clocks in a variety of configurations from many different makers. I will start it off with three of my own: 1)a c.1897 tin plate Baird advertising harness oil 2)a c.1892 papier mache Baird 3)an Ansonia Brass and Copper "Cream Mustard" c.1870s. David "owen.or"
Hello all,
I made two advertising clocks for my Heirloom Clocks business.
Cordially,
Carl

Collection Business Advertising 1.JPG Collection Business Advertising 2.JPG
 

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PLEASE SHARE YOUR ANTIQUE ADVERTISING CLOCKS! Many advertising clocks have been shared on this board; however, I do not recall a specific post requesting that collectors share their advertising clocks. I have tried to collect Baird clocks over the past few years and have found it a great challenge to find good clocks at prices within reason. While looking for these clocks, I have seen a number of wonderful advertising clocks in a variety of configurations from many different makers. I will start it off with three of my own: 1)a c.1897 tin plate Baird advertising harness oil 2)a c.1892 papier mache Baird 3)an Ansonia Brass and Copper "Cream Mustard" c.1870s. David "owen.or"
Hello all,
I created two advertising clocks for my business, Heirloom Clocks. See attachments. Collection Business Advertising 1.JPG Collection Business Advertising Heirloom Clocks.JPG
 
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