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Smith Metal Arts "Moon Crest Clock" Model M-130 with Lawson Movement. 1950's

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Posted 6 years ago


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Bought this what I thought was an unknown Larson Cyclometer today at the Forestwood Antique mall here in Dallas. It works, I had to replace the rather brittle old electrical cord. The lens was filthy so while I was replacing the cord I cleaned the lens. It looks like it is copper, and may have been a presentation piece because of the plate above the number wheels. It is quite and I could not find a model number on it anywhere, even when I was replacing the cord.

Smith Metal Arts of Buffalo, New York has the distinction of being the only manufacturer discussed here that is still in operation as Smith - McDonald and still produces the type of goods it traditionally made including desk sets. With its long history, Smith made a line of desk accessories including clocks. Smith's clock designs were more conservative than Lawson's and I suspect that's why their clocks, particularly the Silver Crest models (which aren't silver in composition or color, by the way) turn up so often--they probably appealed to a larger audience. Silver Crest clocks came attached to a desk tray (see picture 4 above), Moon Crest clocks were unattached and stood alone.

Smith used both Pennwood and Lawson mechanisms and some Smith cases were drilled for both so either type could be used. Nontheless, Smith Metal Arts clocks are Smith Metal Arts clocks; they were not made or sold by Pennwood or Lawson who had more than enough models of their own.

Interesting trivia: (1) The metal strip on the clock pictured above was for engraving the owner's initials. (2) Designer Peter Muller-Monk designed some Smith Metal Arts' products.

Thanks Chadakion for the lead to Smith Metal Arts, they are still in business today as Smith - McDonald. I contacted them about the clock and they provided the information.


  1. Chadakoin Chadakoin, 6 years ago
    That looks like a Smith Metal Arts 'Silver Crest' clock to me. SMA typically used mechanisms supplied by Lawson or Pennwood. Nice clock!
  2. rlwindle rlwindle, 6 years ago
    It does look like the SMA "Silver Crest". I could only find one and it was incorporated with some kind of desk tray. Would the clock face state Lawson?

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