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Black Bakelite Hammond "Gregory" (aka "Skyscraper"), 1931

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Calendar Clocks23 of 26Walnut Bakelite Hammond "Gregory" (aka Skyscraper) 1931Westclox  4 in 1 Calendar Clock, 1938
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The Hammond clock company called this Art Deco masterpiece the "Gregory", but collectors call it the "Skyscraper". It was introduced circa 1931, and featured a day and date display in addition to the normal manual-start Hammond movement. The internal gearing is such that it takes about two hours for the day and date to complete their change cycle, a process which begins at midnight. The little opening just above the "6" is an AM-PM indicator.
The Bakelite case was available in two colors. The brown version featured a yellow or gold-finished face with a gold second hand. The black version had a silver face with a green second hand. The hour and minute hands were black on both versions. Hammond produced more of the brown/gold bakelite version than it did the black/silver bakelite version. Today, for reasons that are not clear, the black/silver version is quite common, while the brown/gold is rare.

When I got the clock, the cord had been cut (see second picture). The original cord was black fiber wrapped, and the remnanet of the original cord showed it was frayed, undauted I attached a new cord to the remnants of the old cord plugged it in and the motor hummed, then I gave the starter a couple of twists, it hesitated then off it took. It has been running quietly for over an hour now. Tomorrow I plan to put another fiber wrapped cord and a period plug on it.

To test to see if the day and date still worked I advanced the hands and they moved, from "Thursday 2" to "Friday 3". The AM-PM indicator on the face of the clock also changed from white to green (see explanation on back of clock in third picture). While the rest of the clock appears in great condition the day "Tuesday" is pretty worn

The bakelite case is in perfect shape, no fleabites, cracks, or chips. It stands about 7 inches tall by 5.75 inches wide by 3 inches deep.

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