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    • Designer: Kem Weber, American, born Germany, 1889-1963
    • Manufacturer: Lawson Time Incorporated
    • Medium: Brass
    • Place Manufactured: Alhambra, California, United States
    • Dates: 1948-1975
    • Period: Manufactured after 1948
    • Dimensions: 3 3/8 x 7 11/16 x 3 1/4 in. (8.6 x 19.5 x 8.3 cm)  (show scale)
    • Markings: On metal plate screwed onto underside of body: "Lawson Electric Clock / cyc.v.110 w.4 or less style no. 310 / Model P.40 / 60 Pat. No. 1990645 / Serial No. A-34861 / Lawson Time, Inc., Alhambra, Calif." Painted in script on clock face: "Lawson"
    • Signature: no signature
    • Inscriptions: no inscriptions
    • Collections:Decorative Arts
    • Museum Location: This item is on view in Luce Visible Storage and Study Center, 5th Floor
    • Accession Number: 85.109.10
    • Credit Line: Gift of Paul F. Walter
    • Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
    • Caption: Kem Weber (American, born Germany, 1889-1963). Clock, 1948-1975. Brass, 3 3/8 x 7 11/16 x 3 1/4 in. (8.6 x 19.5 x 8.3 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Paul F. Walter, 85.109.10. Creative Commons-BY
    • Image: overall, 85.109.10_bw.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
    • Catalogue Description: Rectangular brass clock case with rounded front corners, 3/4" applied band of brass plate and oxidized metal soldered to front, forming alternating black and brass stripes of 1/16" width. The rectangular clock face, set into the brass front, is off-white painted metal; it frames plastic numerals--black numerals painted on white ground; three separate bands for hour and minutes and separate dial for seconds. Clock sits on cast, flattened bun feet. Plated metal body is soldered together, dials and name plate are screwed on. CONDITION: Some wear on brass plating at top and sides of clock. Paint has worn away on some numerals and part of the Lawson signature; brass is spotted on clock front.
    • Record Completeness: Good (77%)
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    Recent Comments
    15:17 05/31/2010
    I have studied Lawson clocks for over fifteen years. According to amended Articles of Incorporation dated July 15, 1946, the Lawson Clock Company moved to Alhambra, California from Pasadena, CA at that time. Prior to 1940 the company was located at Los Angeles, CA where it was founded in late 1933 or early 1934.
    By Dr. Neil Kuns

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