Posted 6 months ago
Smith Metal Arts produces office desk sets and is still in business in Buffalo NY as Smith McDonald. In the 1940's they began producing desk sets that included numechrons. Their cases were manufactured to accommodate either Lawson or Pennwood numechron movements. Usually their logo was embossed in the metal of the case, however some of their cases were not embossed or show any identification on who made them. This one features a label on the bottom where the last few letters of [CR]EST are visible (see fourth picture). Smith Metal Arts marketed their clocks as Silver or Moon Crest. This one maybe one of their earlier clocks due to the absence of the embossed logo. There are no company records on these clocks.
EBay vendors will list them as either Lawson or Pennwood clocks. The ones on eBay that have a Lawson movement in them are often attributed to KEM Weber who according to urban legend designed a number of Lawson clocks, which has since been discredited in the last two or three years. The designer for Smith Metal Arts was Peter Muller Munk. The Pennwood movements seem to rarer or they just didn't last, than the clocks with Lawson. movements.
This one runs beautifully and keeps good time. It measures 8.5 inches in width 3.25 in height and 3.25 in depth, and although it looks like copper tone in the pictures, it is actually has a gold tone to it, this clock was available in silver tone also.