What is the brand and date of this clock, and why is it in the museum's collection?
This is the "Moonbeam" clock. It was manufactured by Westclox, a division of Western Clock Co. which existed from 1884-present.
This model was introduced in 1949, but we don't know the exact date when this particular clock came out of the factory. The clock is important for the Decorative Art collections because it is a great example of mid-century design and is useful to compare to the other clock designs around it.
Your question is actually significant because the Dec Arts' curator currently focuses his collection on American design of the nineteenth century to the present as well as important examples of contemporary design produced globally.
Can you tell me about this?
That's a Moonbeam Clock! They were introduced by Westclox in 1949 and they are still available today!
What is its country of origin?
They were designed and made in the United States. I'm not sure if they are still made here, but this one in the case certainly was.