Posted 9 years ago
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