For all old clock lovers! This Art Deco clock by Royal Electric is representative of the first wave of electric clocks ever made. The clock movement is in a dark brown Bakelite case that is chip and crack free. For synchronous electric clocks made in the late 1920s and early 1930s, the owner had to manually give the clock rotor a spin by hand in order to get the motor running -- sort of like cranking the old Model T. The nice part about the design is that these old motors last a long time due to their simplicity. The dial shows a little wear as a vintage clock will but as shown in the photos it is still in beautiful condition.
This clock was serviced in 2003; thoroughly cleaned, the coil tested, and the electric cord and plug replaced for safety. Once the clock is started, it runs well. It is relatively difficult to get started and does require patience. The manual spin-to-start dial on the back requires multiple spins, with the clock sitting level, before it "catches" and begins to hum along quite cheerfully. Like all of the manual start clocks, a power interruption requires a re-start with the spinning process but will continue on running and keeping time quite splendidly until another power outage occurs or it is picked up and moved.
The time adjustment remains a little stiff by design, though all moving parts were properly lubricated. Some time earlier in the clock's life someone who was servicing the clock cut a notch in the metal backing plate, rather than practicing a little patience in removing the adjustment knob for the hands. This notch certainly does not devalue the face and case of the well working 80 plus year old clock. The clock measures (approx): 5-1/2" by 5" by 2-3/4."
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