Posted 4 years ago
This is my HAMMOND "HAMPTON" model kitchen clock, featuring the patented "Synchronous" electric motor with the (in)famous "spin to start" knob on its back along with another to set the time. One of the quirks of this early type of electric clock motor is that it is *not* self-starting -- when plugged in (or after a power outage) the "spin to start" knob must be given a twist to get the motor running -- then it will lock itself into the 60hz AC line current frequency and keep nearly perfect time. (and incidentally, if one twists the "spin to start" knob in the wrong direction, the clock will just as happily run perfectly **backwards**!! <lol>) This model also includes a small 3 minute 'egg timer' dial on its face in addition to the usual timekeeping hands.
It was made by the Hammond Instrument Company of Chicago IL (later to become much more famous for their Hammond electric organs, which used the same basic 'Synchronous' technology in a completely different way) between 1937 and 1941. It measures about 7-1/2" across and 2-1/2" high and although its outer chrome plating is slightly flaky, it not only looks way-cool but still runs perfectly after I replaced its power cord (original was quite crispy rubber) and gave its escapement mechanism a little cleaning and a few drops of new oil.