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    Posted 7 years ago

    pw-collector
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    Arrow Electric Ball Clock manufactured circa 1978 by the Arrow Handicraft Corporation.
    The clock works by using steel ball bearings to indicate the exact time. There are three main rails which are numbered for hours (bottom rail) and minutes (center & top rails). The first photo shows the time as 12:59. An electric motor rotates a scoop arm that picks up a ball bearing every minute and deposits it on the top rail. Every five minutes, the top rail will dump and deposit a ball on the second rail. Every hour, the upper & middle rails dump, and one ball is transferred to the bottom rail to increment the hours. At 1:00 all three rails release all the ball bearings to the feed rail at the bottom. This is a very noisy timepiece.
    Thanks for looking,
    Dave

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    1. pw-collector pw-collector, 7 years ago
      Thank you for the appreciation,
      ho2cultcha
      blunderbuss2
      Here is a 36 second youtube video demonstration I found:
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=okc6t7LJqFo
    2. Jewels Jewels, 7 years ago
      That's cool!
    3. pw-collector pw-collector, 7 years ago
      Thank you for the appreciation,
      aghcollect
      Jewels
    4. pw-collector pw-collector, 7 years ago
      Thank you for the appreciation,
      vetraio50
      walksoftly
      mikelv85
      CindB
      Bruce99
      gargoylecollector
      Manikin
    5. Trey Trey, 7 years ago
      Very neat, something you don't see every day:)
    6. pw-collector pw-collector, 7 years ago
      Thank you Trey for the appreciation.
    7. pw-collector pw-collector, 7 years ago
      Thank you SEAN68 for the appreciation.
    8. SEAN68 SEAN68, 7 years ago
      Your very welcome Dave!!
    9. Alan2310 Alan2310, 7 years ago
      Hi
      Very ingenious system,did own this clock,how big this is.
      I want one,where i get one.
      Thank you for sharing this.

      Cheer
      Alan
    10. pw-collector pw-collector, 7 years ago
      Alan, there is a clear plastic cover that goes over this clock and it measures approximately 10 inches long, 8 inches high & 6 inches deep. I have had mine for many years, but occasionally see them on eBay. I also remember seeing someone recently manufacturing similar ones, just google Arrow Electric Ball Clock and check.
      Thanks for showing your appreciation.
    11. Alan2310 Alan2310, 7 years ago
      Hi
      pw-collector
      You are welcome,thank's for the info.

      Alan
    12. pw-collector pw-collector, 7 years ago
      Thank you pops52 for the appreciation.
    13. pw-collector pw-collector, 7 years ago
      Thank you ho2cultcha for the appreciation.
    14. pw-collector pw-collector, 7 years ago
      Thank you petey for the appreciation.
    15. pw-collector pw-collector, 7 years ago
      Thank you CindB for the appreciation.
    16. Allyson, 3 years ago
      Hi. I have one of these from my grandfather. I’d like to use it again but the motor (arm that moves the balls) has lost power and can’t lift the balls anymore. Would anyone know where I could get a new one??? Thank you!!
    17. pw-collector pw-collector, 3 years ago
      Thanks AnythingObscure for the appreciation.
      Allyson, I remember seeing someone recently manufacturing similar ones, just google Arrow Electric Ball Clock and check with them.
    18. AnythingObscure AnythingObscure, 3 years ago
      A cousin of mine had one of these 'back in the day' pw-collector, and I was always fascinated by it though never ending up with one of my own. I also seem to remember that they were sold at SPENCER GIFTS stores at 'the mall' (if not other places too?) back then...? :-)
    19. pw-collector pw-collector, 3 years ago
      AnythingObscure, mine was a gift.
      One has to be a very deep sleeper if one wants to keep this one running, or put it in the basement recreation room.

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