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Posted 5 years ago

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Chadakoin
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The Hawkeye timer/clock has a two-hour timer above, which is set with the large knob at center, and a clock below. While Measured Time, Inc., La Porte, Indiana is inscribed on the dial, the ID tag on the back identifies this one as a Model L, made by the Stevenson Mfg. Co. of La Porte. These were available in black or white Bakelite, and with either a wind-up or electric movement. Patents for both movements were held by Chester R. Gains and date to 1931 and 1934.

The Hawkeye's curvaceous and very Modern looking case design has only recently been identified as the work of acclaimed artist, landscape architect, and industrial designer, Isamu Noguchi. According to the Noguchi Foundation, this timer was Noguchi's first mass-produced design, completed ca. 1932. It predates his design for the "Radio Nurse" baby monitor by about five years. More info available here: http://www.phillips.com/detail/ISAMU-NOGUCHI/NY050214/231

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  1. mhlatke, 5 years ago
    One word for this timer - sexy! One of my favorites.
  2. karenS, 5 years ago
    I have one of these on display that my dad gave me many years ago. It still works!
  3. mcheconi mcheconi, 2 years ago
    Nice piece of design...look how it shines!
  4. sonambient, 2 years ago
    hi,
    can you email regarding this piece? I have a question.
    charleseames at mac dot com. thanks!
  5. INStudio, 1 year ago
    Designed by Isamu Noguchi.

    http://www.phillips.com/detail/ISAMU-NOGUCHI/NY050214/231

  6. Chadakoin Chadakoin, 1 year ago
    Thanks for the info, INStudio!
  7. INStudio, 1 year ago
    You're very welcome :)
  8. namji namji, 11 months ago
    I saw you have the HAWKEYE Measured Time clock. Would you happen to know which was made first; the one with the name Hawkeye or the one without Hawkeye?
  9. Chadakoin Chadakoin, 11 months ago
    namji: Sorry, I don't know the answer to that one. I've owned models both with and without "Hawkeye" printed on the dial, and as I recall they were identical in all other respects.
  10. lazarusman, 3 months ago
    This is Lee that collects wood cased Pennwoods.

    I am astounded at the prices these now bring. I used to hunt them, buy them, polish them up and re-sell on eBay as design icons for years. They were not highly noticed and usually new items for clock and deco collectors that had never seen them. I always felt they were hidden gems on eBay at a time when one could still find hidden gems. I wish I had stock piled them....Who knew Noguchi would become known as the designer?
  11. Chadakoin Chadakoin, 3 months ago
    Lee,
    When I discovered that this timer was designed in the 1930s and not the 1950s as I'd always assumed, I imagined that there was probably some very forward looking young talent behind it's creation, name lost to the mists of time, long forgotten. Well, hardly forgotten! When you look at those lines now, you have to wonder why no one realized sooner. Seems so obvious.... of course it's Noguchi!
  12. eye4beauty eye4beauty, 3 months ago
    I think it was long speculated that this was by Noguchi ... After the foundation validated that , the first one sold for 16,000 dollars ?
  13. WilliamCarlton WilliamCarlton, 3 months ago
    Does anyone know the years of manufacture for these? I have one and it works fantastically! Would love to know all there is to know about them. Thanks!

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