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1945-55 Art Deco Nautical-themed Desktop Clock by Tele-Vision (Pennwood)

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This kitschy souvenir nautical-themed desktop clock features a lovely New York harbour scene with a glistening surface and bright colors. Above, the rotary-style numbers are enclosed in a clear plastic cover labeled "Tele-Vision." An embossed manufacturer's mark on the reverse reads, "TELE-VISION CLOCK CORP. of America - 7240 Frankstown Ave. Pittsburgh, PA., U.S.A. Pat. No 1990645 - SHIP WHEEL." Condition of the 10-1/2" x 6" x 3-1/2" metal frame is about very good with minor paint chipping to the five hand-holds of the "ship wheel" design. The central illustration and rotary numbers are in very good shape, and the clock is fully functional and keeps excellent time. I set it with my atomic clock, and it keeps up with it.

The inset is painted with two 1930s airplanes, a large ship, a seagull and the Statue of Liberty. Seagull has quarter inch nick in paint only flaw.

Not many collectors are familiar with the Tele-Vision Clock Co., but vintage clock enthusiasts know them for their association with the earliest digital clocks. Tele-Vision Clock Corp. of America and The Pennwood Numechron Co. were tied together, as both names appear on some items. One of Pennwood’s biggest sellers were the television shaped numechrons that adorned the tops of many a home’s television’s, which were marketed under both names.

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