Antique Western Clock Mfg. Art Nouveau Metal Mantle Clock
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Antique c1906-1908 "The Western Clock Mfg.," Art Nouveau Style Shelf Mantle Clock. This clock is complete but is not working. Will need adjustments. The clock face has some wear do to age and use. The casing is in Excellent condition. This clock is fully marked on the face and backing. Sold as is! MEASURES: 11 1/2" x 7 3/4" x 2 1/2". PLEASE WAIT FOR INVOICE!----------HISTORY: In 1887, the company reorganized under the new name "Western Clock Company." The company again went bankrupt, and was reorganized by F. W. Matthiessen in 1888 as the "Western Clock Manufacturing Company." In 1908, the company was granted a patent for the "Big Ben" alarm clock movement. This movement has a "bell-back" design, which means that the bell mechanism is integral to the clock's case. The company first brought the Big Ben to market in 1909. The company's name was shortened to "Western Clock Company" in 1912. In 1910, the Big Ben became the first alarm clock advertised nationally, with ads placed in the Saturday Evening Post.
- Country/Region of Manufacture: United States
The modern trademark of the company, "Westclox," first appeared on the backs of Big Ben alarm clocks from 1910 to 1917. The name appeared on Big Ben dials as early as 1911. The trademark was officially registered by the company on January 18, 1916.
In 1919, Western Clock Co., Ltd., was incorporated. Twelve years later, in 1931, the company merged with Seth Thomas Clock Company, with both companies becoming divisions of General Time Corporation. The Westclox unit became known as "Westclox Division of General Time Corporation" in 1936.
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