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Posted 2 years ago

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rlwindle
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This was a premium clock that was given to the purchasers of a General Electric Refrigerator, a freebie. I picked it up this morning during my Saturday morning scavenging. The case is in bad shape paint chip-wise, but other than that it is in great shape. It does not growl standing up on flat on it's back. The male/female plug cord has been replaced but everything else is original to the clock. It has been repainted at one time because the refrigerator door hinges are white, and not silver as they were originally. This clock also marks the first time a General Electric name plate appeared on a clock.

The last picture shows the monitor clock after restoration.

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  1. PhilDavidAlexanderMorris PhilDavidAlexanderMorris, 2 years ago
    Pretty rare I bet !~
  2. rlwindle rlwindle, 2 years ago
    Phil, There are no records from GE indicating how many were made in Jim Linz's book "Electrifying Time: Telechron and GE clocks, 1925 - 1955" (The Telechron and GE Bible). It was a perk, but to get one you had to buy one of their Monitor top refrigerators, which back only the upper and upper middle class could afford. GE must have sold a bucketload of refrigerators as the Monitor Top clock is actually quite common. However, very collectible and always seem to demand a premium, especially those in good condition. Two of the most common problems on these (besides not working) is paint loss, and broken legs. The legs on these broke easily, and it's not uncommon to find them poorly soldered back on or the legs shortened to make them uniform. Stripping the case and repainting is done quite easily also and does not effect the value. Values on the Monitor Top fluctuates greatly with demand, will legs intact the value doubles and triples.
  3. rlwindle rlwindle, 2 years ago
    According to the NAWCC (National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors) newsletter there were 21,460 of these clocks produce, they sold a lot of refrigerators. This information was provided by Edwin P Mampe.
  4. Bruce99 Bruce99, 2 years ago
    Nice restoration.

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