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Rare Art Deco (to the max) General Electric Model #4F58, "Lotus",1935-36

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Art Deco Clocks201 of 416LeCoultre Nautical Clock1936 GE Clocks by John Rainbault
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Posted 4 years ago

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rlwindle
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The 1935-36 GE Model 4F58 “Lotus” originally sold for $9.95 (I paid $60), it is 6 X 6.5 X 3 inches and has chrome plated metal base in the shape of a lotus leaf set on a black plastic base. The dial is heavy plate glass mirror with a “black Lyco” finish. The numerals and center are etched in cream enamel by a special photographic process. A base MAZDA bulb lamp lights the clock through the bottom edge. It was designed by Raymond E Patten, 10,295 were sold according to Electrifying Time by Jim Linz

The clock works and keeps time, however it is need of a $29 rotor overhaul which I ordered yesterday and will replace when it arrives. The photographic process numerals are chipped off a little around the top of the clock the glass and black foreground are still there, but will be restored. The bump out that the light switch is on is cracked a little.

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  1. upstatenycollector upstatenycollector, 2 years ago
    That's a real beauty! To the max for sure!
  2. BobJustBob, 3 months ago
    Wow, found it! I have the almost identical clock and was searching for information on it. Mine has the same model number but is a bit different. The base on mine is flat and appears to be black wood with no light. Maybe the original base was broken at some point and replaced. I'm fairly certain it was my Grandparents'. It doesn't run anymore and I was thinking of just replacing the motor with a cheapo battery powered movement to get it running again. Anyways neat to learn a little more about it.
  3. rlwindle rlwindle, 3 months ago
    The base on this clock was made out of Bakelite which was easily broken. You can still get rotor motors for these at http://telechronclock.com/ just email the guy there and give him the model number and he will tell you what you need. The rotor is easily replaced. Getting to the rotor can be trying. You will need a pair of needle nose pliers a regular pair of pliers, and a flat head screw driver.
    Once you get you new rotor, take the needle nose pliers and grasp the time change arbor under the knob, with the regular pliers grasp the knob and turn it counter clockwise (this does not go by lefty loosey, righty tighty) once you get that off. Unscrew the screws on back, be careful as these screws are spring loaded and will shoot off. take the back plate off and you can see the rotor, this is also held in place by two screws, unscrew them and slide the old rotor out, and the new one in. You may have to jiggle the coil assembly that holds the rotor in to re-assemble it. If the cord on the clock is bad, buy a lamp cord, un-solder the current cord, and solder a new one on, the coil has two tabs coming out of it with holes that you can feed the cord through and then solder it, or just twist the ends through. This is an easy procedure to preform, should take 30 minutes max.

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