American (Chicago, Illinois), 20th century, circa 1930. Art Deco style figural Hammond mantle clock with decorative gilt finial over the octagonal clock with Arabic numerals flanked to each side by standing female nudes in Cubist style. The whole on a shaped base with four scrolled feet. Height 12.75 inches, width 10.5 inches. Note: The Hammond Clock Company of Chicago, Illinois, produced electric clocks between 1928 and 1941. It was one of the ventures of Laurens Hammond, the inventor of the famous Hammond organ. Hammond designed a motor that was synchronous; it rotated at a speed that was tied to the frequency of the current supplied by the power grid. This clock possessed a characteristic little knob on the back that one has to spin to start the motor. Marked on back with voltage information, #1265 with additional patents pending.
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