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Posted 6 years ago


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This another Art Deco clock I bought at a estate sale about 30 years ago. It must have come from a clock shop, as they all had claim tickets on them. This one was marked "throw out". Unfortunately this was in the roughest shape. I don't think the electric movement is salvageable. It is also missing the hands. It still is one of my favorite deco clock cases. It is made from a block of Burlwood with stainles steel trim. I think I will get a modern battery movement and hands and replace the old movement.
Has anyone seen this type clock of clock before? does anyone know who the designer might have been? It seems as if it would have been a very highend clock from the thirties.

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  1. rlwindle rlwindle, 6 years ago
    From the back it looks like a Hammond clock, It may just need a new cord and plug since the cord has not been cut-off, common practice when the clock no longer ran.
  2. rocker-sd rocker-sd, 6 years ago
    Thanks rlwindle for the lead. I found several fairly common clocks with the same Hammond movement, I think I will be able to get one reasonable, for parts to restore this to original condition. I still would be interested in finding out who designed this clock.
  3. Chadakoin Chadakoin, 6 years ago
    Wow - great find!! Your clock was manufactured by the Herman Miller Co. in the early-mid 1930s. Herman Miller typically used Hammond movements at that time. What's more, there's a good chance this clock was designed by Gilbert Rohde - among the most renowned industrial designers of the Deco/Streamlined era. You should absolutely NOT replace the Hammond movement with quartz - that would diminish its value substantially. And Hammond movements like this are common - easy to find donor clocks on eaby - and relatively easy to overhaul as well. This clock will be well worth taking to a skilled clock repair person who can reproduce the hands precisely - Herman Miller/Gilbert Rohde clocks are pretty much the gold standard for American Deco era clocks. It's quite valuable. Here are some pictures of a complete one. Note that this one has a the tag indicating it was marketed at the 1934 Chicago World's Fair:

    contact me for more info
  4. rocker-sd rocker-sd, 6 years ago
    Wow is right! Iwas just coming back to update this, as I had just found the same information. Thanks for your imput. This is whatI found

    Sotheby's: Important 20th Century Design Including the Charles M. Pratt Desk and Chair by Greene & Greene: Lot 113 Back to Rohde Auction Price Results
    GILBERT ROHDEGilbert Rohde - 1894-1944

    Save to My Invaluable Estimated Price: £ Realised Price: £ What is this symbol? This symbol indicates that this auction hose has verified this price result.
    Log in or subscribe to view price data GILBERT ROHDE ELECTRIC CLOCK, MODEL NO. 4725, FROM THE "CENTURY OF PROGRESS" LINE reverse with molded firm's marks, patent numbers and with the "Century of Progress" line metal tag Maidou burl, enameled metal, chroumium-plated metal and glass 11 1/8 x 9 1/2 x 4 1/2 in. (28.3 x 24.1 x 11.4 cm) circa 1938 manufactured by Herman Miller Clock Company, Zeeland, MI
    Additional Lot Information & Condition Reportview less
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    Literature: Herman Miller: Electric Clocks, catalogue, circa 1938

    My clock has model number 4725 0n it. Another great discovery I found while researching this is that I also have Gilbert Rohde coffee table. I bought it almost 20 years ago because it had a blue mirror top.
  5. rocker-sd rocker-sd, 6 years ago
    Thanks Chadokoin and PhilDavidAlexanderMorrris comments and advice.
  6. rocker-sd rocker-sd, 6 years ago
    thanks everyone for the love
  7. rocker-sd rocker-sd, 6 years ago
    Thank you decophobia, for the love
  8. rocker-sd rocker-sd, 6 years ago
    Thank you AR8Jason
  9. mikielikesigns2 mikielikesigns2, 5 years ago
    art deco rox
  10. rocker-sd rocker-sd, 3 years ago
    Thanks for the Love lecigarette and Paultemplar, welcome to collector's weekly show and tell. I am glad you liked my Deco Collection. It's been a 40+ year venture. I hope you both post some of your collections to share.

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