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  1. Thanks to Bleach and Landman for your comments. I have checked with a couple of the antique clock forums. They know all about their clocks that sit on a mantle but not so much the ones that are mounted to a car dash. 6 volt D.C. does not register with them either. It seems the major players in this arena are Waltham, Chelsea, Octava, Keyless, and Phinney Walker......and nothing electrical. They were all either stem wind or rim wind 8 day clocks. I will keep looking. Do any names come to mind as to someone I should contact? Thanks again...
  2. I have purchased a very old electric car clock. It is for certain, the oldest electric clock I have seen, but I am no expert. I am hoping to learn more about it like where it was used, when did it go into production and what were the competing electric clocks at the time. What I know is that it was manufactured by the Keith-Landis Electric Company (Chicago, IL) sometime around 1920. It has an Ansonia (Brooklyn, NY) movement and is of the electro-mechanical type. i.e. it has a rather large solenoid that gives the clock a wind about every 45 seconds. It runs on 6V DC. What is interesting about the clock is that the movement is very delicate, almost pocket watch in size but the winding mechanism is built like a Sherman tank! There are two 1917 patent dates on the back of the clock. I did run across a magazine ad from 1922 that had an advertisement that the clock could be purchased for $35.00 and that it came with a guarantee as to keeping perfect time. This is in keeping with my understanding that many of the clocks from this era were aftermarket and you purchased one and put it in you car, typically in the dash, or wherever you wanted to put it. I have spent several hours surfing the internet in hopes of finding one but to no avail....not even a photo. I would appreciate hearing from anyone that has any clue as to the history of this clock. Thanks in advance... Rick Koenig Whitestown, In.
  3. Thanks to all for the feedback. I was actually able to find the clock here: Classic car brochures and owners manuals - The Old Car Manual Project Kind of a slow process but it proved fruitful. It is in fact a 1939 Oldsmobile series 70 and 80. I had seen a series 60 clock which looked close but it did not have the chrome "wings". Found out that only the 70's and 80's had the wings. So now all I need to know is what the colors of the face and inner bezel are and wether the numbers are painted on the glass lens or the inner bezel. Any thoughts on that would be appreciated. Thanks
  4. Yeah, that is my fault. I did not show the inner bezel that pulls it all together. I do have all the pieces and they all come together is a nice integrated package. The '36 Buick is close in appearance, but the hardware is just not right as others have pointed out. I should also mention that I have scoured this very excellent website: https://sites.google.com/site/identifyinginstrumentpanels/home/clocks-page-3 to no avail. On the numerals, they are missing so I do not know if they were on the glass or the face. Thanks to all commenters. Keep the letters coming....Rick
  5. Hello all. I need some educated eyes looking at this clock. I am in process of restoring this clock and need some help identifying what is is from! I can tell you that it has a 6 volt movement that is either a Western Clock Co. or the later Westclox. It is not marked except for a "39" stamped into the back plate. I am hoping that the chrome bezel will trigger some ideas as it is rather distinctive. It also appears to be set up for a glove box installation as the set knob and slow/fast adjustment is in the rear. I was told that is was from an early 30's Buick but I believe they are all round. There is some medium brown paint on the clock case (not shown) Any thoughts on this would be greatly appreciated. Thanks, Rick