That is ridiculous ... the Tezuka cat, no less ... I have 11 of them. I'm a millionaire
and didn't even know it! Harold is right. Something is fishy here. I can't quite figure
it out but there was some hanky panky going on. It will be a miracle if the Seller
get's his money. And yet, the buyer has a high satisfaction rating. Very curious, indeed!
My collector friend in Japan and I have been collecting and documenting the
variations of Tezuka Made in Occupied Japan novelty clocks for years. We think we
have them all but once in awhile a new variant shows up. Now we are adding
copies from rival companies to our collection. These clocks were so popular at
one time that other fly-by-night competitors copied them. I mean ... nearly
exact replicas. We are still looking for the illusive Tezuka Eagle clock seen in a
1949 black and white photo. It has never turned up in "real life"
so far as we know and we scan the world auctions for these things.
They also made alarm clocks and mantel clocks with the same or similar
imagery ... Owls, Cats, Dogs, Geisha's etc.
I have an unrelated question about this thread. Back in February 2015 I
asked the Forum for comments about an very unusual clock on eBay and
I was chastised for discussing (or attempting to discuss, I guess) an "active"
eBay auction. I didn't know there was a rule about that and I
apologized. Now I know. I guess the difference here is that this auction
is no longer "active" ??
Happy Holidays to All
- Bill in Northern California
Bill, yes, active is the key word. We don't want to be seen to influence the outcome of an auction by discussing it while it is running. Although in theory we might influence whether the buyer completes the transaction or not if he reads this thread.
That makes sense to me ... I see what you mean ... we could inadvertently influence the outcome
one way or another. Hope you folks are staying warm up North ... our High temps are down to
mid 50's so most of us Californians are preparing to perish in the coming ice age. (whine, whine)
Double owl? Was it a Tezuka? There are two Tezuka owls that are fairly
common in the Tezuka wall clock category ... the full profile front on owl
and the side profile owl ... and many variants of both.
I had a copy of the Japanese patent for the Tezuka moving eye mechanism
but I've since misplaced it. I can't remember the date. Pinocchio the Disney
movie was released sometime in 1940 I think but it is based on an earlier
Italian story (1883). Moving eye novelty clocks have been around
way before Tezuka appeared in 1946 (Bartlett and Hubbard, Oswald, etc.)
We'd have to ask Tezuka designer what gave him that idea for the connecting
wire behind the two celluloid eyeballs
being driven by a lever off the verge. Simple and ingenious.
Since there seems to be some novelty clock interest in the Forum I thought
I'd share the storyof how and why the Tezuka "Poppo" trademark origination.
According to my Japanese friend, "Poppo" sounds like the sound a dove
makes ... kind of like purring of a cat. And the dove is a
symbol of peace. So Tezuka chose the name, or sound, "Poppo" as their
brand ... hence ... the Peace clock. Anyway, that's what his extensive
research of the company turned up.
He shared some interesting black and white photos of the first Tezuka start-up.
Rows of Japanese women dressed in crisp white uniforms assembling these
clocks. Not a male in sight. One photo shows a US Army Jeep parked out front
of the small factory. Another photo shows a wide range of
their clocks on a big wall ... presumably a show room setting. In the center
is a massive moving eye eagle with spread wings ... sort of like our US Eagle.
Tezuka collectors continue the search for this specimen.
Many Tezuka moving eye clocks are returning to Japan purchased by
Japanese collectors. These are fun, cute and entertaining clocks but
don't expect to get an accurate timekeeper out of them. They are gradually
increasing in value. I'm not talking about Mi-Ken or other
knock-offs but Tezuka copies and variants are also getting a lot of interest now days.
There are many Tezuka's still out there and parts are easy to come by.
I know that they are not the Gustav Becker, Japy Freres of the clock
world but they are a lot of fun and they will sure get a lot of attention on your
wall among your more dignified and stately clocks.
I have a collection of novelty clocks. That's where my interests lie. Rolling clocks, large wheel clocks, a Dickory Dock, gravity clocks, those with animation ... the list seems endless. Some of mine are more modern types, but I still love oddities
It was not likely a valid sale. There is a form a shill bidding going
on now that is the sellers trying to make a market where there is
There are two people bidding high prices.
The seller has the option to let the high bidder off if the buyer
says he bid by mistake. ( of course he did, since he was the seller
using an alias ). The seller then gives the second highest
a second chance bit. ( of course, he declines as he is the seller
with another alias ).
A month or so later ( often less ), you see the same seller with the
It is a form of price setting. I've complained to evil-bay about it. They
claim that they will do something about it but don't.
It used to be that one could track what buyers and seller did but
they've made that difficult. Spotting such activities was so much easier
then for us buyers.
Take any sale price with a grain of salt.
I've never seen one. Most of the clocks referenced here have the eyes moving constantly while the pendulum swings. Yours has moving eyes only as it's striking (based on your other post in the repair forum). Also, Poppo and Pocco may be two different manufacturers.