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Clock, Model 4706

Decorative Arts

On View: Luce Visible Storage and Study Center, 5th Floor
MEDIUM Painted and chrome-plated metal, glass
  • Place Manufactured: Zeeland, Michigan, United States
  • DATES ca. 1933
    DIMENSIONS 6 3/8 x 6 x 2 3/4 in. (16.2 x 15.2 x 7 cm)  (show scale)
    MARKINGS Printed in black on clock face: "HERMAN [his logo -- HM in circle] MILLER / HERMAN MILLER CLOCK CO. ZEELAND. MICH. U.S.A." On back of clock, raised letters on metal backing: "MANUFACTURED UNDER PATS. / NO. 1,719,805-1, 797,912 / RE. 17,779 OTHERS PEND. / MADE IN U.S.A." On back of clock, on protruding section where cord is attached, raised letters: "115V - 60 CYCLE - 2W"
    COLLECTIONS Decorative Arts
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Luce Visible Storage and Study Center, 5th Floor
    ACCESSION NUMBER 1999.141.4
    CREDIT LINE Gift of Paul F. Walter
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION Gilbert Rohde (American, 1894-1944). Clock, Model 4706, ca. 1933. Painted and chrome-plated metal, glass, 6 3/8 x 6 x 2 3/4 in. (16.2 x 15.2 x 7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Paul F. Walter, 1999.141.4. Creative Commons-BY
    IMAGE overall, 1999.141.4_bw.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Round electric alarm clock with a frame and rectangular base of chrome-plated metal; face painted light gold with black numerals and three hands behind a glass cover. Frame encircling clock face is about 1/2" high and 1/2" deep; it is set into a low rectangular base with a rounded front edge and three parallel, square-grooved channels running from edge of clock frame down around front of base. Bottom of base lined with rust-colored felt. Clock face set back in frame behind glass; numerals are stylized and bulbous. Three hands, from back to front: hour hand is a large black circle with protruding triangle "pointer"; minute hand is long, narrow black rectangle with short tail extending past center point; second hand is very thin red strip terminating in a tear-drop shaped tail. Back of clock is a conforming metal plate attached with screws. A raised cylinder houses the clock works; on its flat back are four dials and knobs for setting the clock, inscribed instructions, and (protruding from bottom) the electric cord. CONDITION: Fair; small pits and scratches all over chromed casing and base; back has deeper scratches and losses of paint.
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