Posted 3 years ago
This is an electric mantel clock with a radio standing around 11 inches high. It has been in my family, originating from the North of England, from new I think. The clock still works but the radio does not but I can remember hearing it in the 1960s, reception was pretty poor.
There is no manufacturer's label but it has a number stamped on the back 17T17S1261 and on the base B1137.
I understand it is a synchronous clock operating at 240V on 50Hz so although it is clearly marked 'Made in USA' I don't believe it could ever have worked there. An export model maybe? It requires a 'spin start' after connecting to the mains, this involves sticking a hand in the back to operate the spinner - a hazardous procedure!
The case has two 'ears'. The left is a dummy but the right opens to reveal two wooden radio knobs. Top knob for tuning and bottom on/off and volume. The dial goes up to 500 meters. The speaker is in the base. Whoever used the radio has pencilled in arrows to help find their favourite stations on the dial.
I like the clock's clean simple lines and clear face but, sadly, it is not safe to use these days.
I would love to have more information on it, date and manufacturer for example. Are there any more our there?