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Jean-Pierre Ryckaert Large Midcentury Clock Lamp, circa 1950
By Jean-Pierre Ryckaert
Located in Saint-Amans-des-Cots, FR
Large clock lamp by Jean-Pierre Ryckaert, Paris, circa 1950. Wrought-iron and leather. Decorated
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Vintage 1950s French Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

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Wrought Iron

Rare! Iconic Snider Atomic Clock Lamp! Metal Fiberglass Bat Wing Bow Tie Design!
By Snider Clock
Located in Peoria, AZ
Snider Clock Lamp Atomic Age Masterpiece! With the "Iconic Golden Glow" Incredible Mid Century
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Table Clocks and Desk Clocks

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Metal

A Novelty Desk Clock By Jaeger LeCoultre
By Jaeger-LeCoultre
Located in Amersham, GB
mid century clock is a rar example. Originally sold as 'Obelisque #462' this clock is overhauled
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Vintage 1970s Swiss Egyptian Revival Table Clocks and Desk Clocks

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Steel

A Novelty Desk Clock By Jaeger LeCoultre
A Novelty Desk Clock By Jaeger LeCoultre
H 9.45 in W 2.37 in D 2.37 in
Art Deco Style Mid-Century Jacob Palmtag Desk Clock
By Jakob Palmtag
Located in Vancouver, British Columbia
Beautiful Art Deco style mid century clock -made in the 50's by the famous German maker Palmtag
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Mid-20th Century German Art Deco Table Clocks and Desk Clocks

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Cut Glass

Jaeger-LeCoultre Mid Century Brass and Lucite Inline Skeleton Clock No. 420
By Jaeger-LeCoultre
Located in London, GB
the 16 jewel Swiss movement working and watch the balance staff turn. This delightful Mid Century
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Vintage 1970s Swiss Mid-Century Modern Table Clocks and Desk Clocks

Materials

Brass

Rare Mid Century PRIM bakelite table or wall clock
By PRIM Clocks
Located in PRAHA 5, CZ
Extremely rare clock from Czech manufacturer PRIM. Manufactured in former Czechoslovakia in 1950's
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Vintage 1950s Czech Mid-Century Modern Mantel Clocks

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Bakelite

Mid Century Ceramicl Wall Clock by PRIM, Czechoslovakia, 1960s
By PRIM Clocks
Located in Praha, CZ
- Czechoslovakia, 1960s - Maker : PRIM - Good original condition.
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Vintage 1960s Czech Mid-Century Modern Wall Clocks

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Ceramic

Beautiful Mid Century Kienzle brass wall clock with original battery drive
By Kienzle Clocks
Located in München, DE
Beautiful, very classy Mid Century Modern Kienzle wall clock made of brass. Made in Germany. Very
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Vintage 1950s German Mid-Century Modern Wall Clocks

Materials

Brass

Waterbury Wall Clock, USA, Mid 19th Century
By Waterbury Clock Co.
Located in Chorzów, PL
Antique clock from the mid-nineteenth century. Dimensions: height 65 cm / width 39 cm / depth
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Antique Late 19th Century American Other Wall Clocks

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Walnut

Waterbury Wall Clock, USA, Mid 19th Century
Waterbury Wall Clock, USA, Mid 19th Century
H 25.6 in W 15.36 in D 4.34 in
1960s German Brutalist Wall Clock by Kienzle Hollywood Regency Mid Century
By Kienzle Clocks
Located in Bad Säckingen, DE
A highly decorative round gold-colored wall clock by Kienzle with an electric automatic movement
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Vintage 1960s German Hollywood Regency Wall Clocks

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Metal, Brass

Large Kienzle Mid-Century GMT Heavy Brass World Time Zone Table Clock & Manual
By Kienzle Clocks
Located in Hamilton, Ontario
dates to approximately 1970 and done in a Mid Century Modern style. The clock case is composed of heavy
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Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Table Clocks and Desk Clocks

Materials

Brass, Cut Steel

1970 Wall Clock Prim, Czechoslovakia
By PRIM Clocks
Located in Praha, CZ
Wooden wall clock Prim electronic from Czechoslovakia. The clock is in original good working
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Vintage 1970s Czech Mid-Century Modern Wall Clocks

Materials

Aluminum

1970 Wall Clock Prim, Czechoslovakia
1970 Wall Clock Prim, Czechoslovakia
H 7.09 in W 9.45 in D 1.58 in
Rare and Lovely Mid-Century Modern Bakelite Table or Wall Clock by PRIM 1950s
By PRIM Clocks
Located in Munich, DE
Rare and highly decorative Mid-Century Modern table or wall clock. Rotating body due to brass joint
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Vintage 1950s Czech Mid-Century Modern Table Clocks and Desk Clocks

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Brass

1930s Art-Deco wall clock, Germany
By Kienzle Clocks
Located in Praha, CZ
- German wall clock - the clock is in good condition - the front dial has been restored - the
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Vintage 1930s German Mid-Century Modern Wall Clocks

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Metal

1930s Art-Deco wall clock, Germany
1930s Art-Deco wall clock, Germany
H 9.85 in W 9.85 in D 2.76 in
MIdcentury Glass Wall Clock Kienzle Design, Germany, 1970s
By Kienzle Clocks
Located in Praha, CZ
- rare type
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Vintage 1970s German Mid-Century Modern Wall Clocks

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Glass

Huge Reclaimed Double Sided Square Factory Clock by English Clock Systems Ltd
By English Clock Systems
Located in Nottingham, GB
Huge Reclaimed Industrial Double Sided Factory Clock An original vintage double-sided factory clock
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Mid-20th Century British Industrial Wall Clocks

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Steel

Sessions Mantel Clock in Marble & Brass
By Sessions
Located in Bradenton, FL
A mid century electric mantle clock. The clock face is decorated with a vine leaf motif and clover
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Mantel Clocks

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Marble, Brass

Red Chinoiserie Decorated Clock, Mid-20th Century
Located in valatie, NY
started in Europe during the mid-17th century with the influence of imported Chinese ceramics. The clock
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20th Century French George III Clocks

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Wood

Red Chinoiserie Decorated Clock, Mid-20th Century
Red Chinoiserie Decorated Clock, Mid-20th Century
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H 7.75 in W 5.25 in D 3 in
Art Deco Bronze & Glass Clock by Kienzle, Circa 1935, Germany
By Kienzle Clocks
Located in Devon, England
Superbly stylish is this wonderful Art Deco 8 day clock by Kienzel. Beautiful bluey grey colored
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Mid-20th Century German Art Deco Mantel Clocks

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Bronze

61cm 6.9kg BRUTALIST Hollywood Regency SUNBURST metal Wall Clock, Germany 1970s
By Kienzle Clocks
Located in Kirchlengern, DE
Article: sunburst wall clock Origin: Germany Age: 1970s Description: This original
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Late 20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Wall Clocks

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Metal, Brass

Big Machined Brass Kienzle Modernist Table World Time Zone Clock 1960
By Kienzle Clocks
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Big Machined Brass Kienzle Modernist Table World Timer Zone Clock 1960
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20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Mantel Clocks

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Brass

Vintage 1960s Hollywood Regency Brass Glass Table Clock by Kienzle, Germany
By Kienzle Clocks
Located in Kirchlengern, DE
Article: Table clock Origin: Germany Producer: Kienzle, Germany Age
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Late 20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Wall Clocks

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Metal, Brass

Vintage Hollywood Regency Brass Glass Table Clock by Kienzle, Germany 1960s
By Kienzle Clocks
Located in Kirchlengern, DE
Article: Table clock Origin: Germany Producer: Kienzle, Germany Age
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Late 20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Wall Clocks

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Metal, Brass

Vintage Hollywood Regency Brass Glass Table Clock by Kienzle, Germany 1970s
By Kienzle Clocks
Located in Kirchlengern, DE
Article: Table clock Origin: Germany Producer: Kienzle, Germany Age
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Late 20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Wall Clocks

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Metal, Brass

Vintage 1960s Hollywood Regency brass walnut Table Clock by Kienzle, Germany
By Kienzle Clocks
Located in Kirchlengern, DE
Article: Table clock Origin: Germany Producer: Kienzle, Germany Age
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Late 20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Wall Clocks

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Metal, Brass

Vintage Mid Century Modern Clock
Located in Seattle, WA
Gold Toned Hardware. Vintage Condition Consistent with Age as Pictured. Not Tested , May or May not be Operational. Dimensions. 6.5 W ; 3 1/2 D ; 6.5 H
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Vintage 1970s Mid-Century Modern Wall Clocks

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Wood

Vintage Mid Century Modern Clock
Vintage Mid Century Modern Clock
H 6.5 in W 6.5 in D 3.5 in
Reclaimed Double Sided Factory Clock by English Clock Systems
By Smiths English Clock Systems
Located in Nottingham, GB
to the Mid-Century Modern era it was designed in. The clean white dial also incorporates the
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Vintage 1960s British Industrial Wall Clocks

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Aluminum

Jaeger LeCoultre Mid-Century Skeleton Clock
By Jaeger-LeCoultre
Located in London, GB
Stunning Jaeger LeCoultre inline skeleton clock, with a clean minimalistic design which would look
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Mid-20th Century Swiss Mid-Century Modern Mantel Clocks

Materials

Brass

Jaeger LeCoultre Mid-Century Skeleton Clock
By Jaeger-LeCoultre
Located in London, GB
Stunning Jaeger LeCoultre inline skeleton clock, parading a clean minimalistic design suitable
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Mid-20th Century Swiss Mid-Century Modern Mantel Clocks

Materials

Brass

Mid century Westerstrands Swedish industrial station clock
By Westerstrand
Located in Debenham, Suffolk
Mid 20th century westerstrands swedish industrial station clock circa 1963. Here we can offer a
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Mid-Century Modern Wall Clocks

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Steel

MCM Illuminated "Golden Guernsey Milk Products" Advertising Wall Clock c.1950
By Pam Clock Co.
Located in San Francisco, CA
ABOUT An original illuminated "Golden Guernsey Milk Products" advertising wall clock with a metal
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Wall Clocks

Materials

Metal

Midcentury Table Clock by Kienzle
By Kienzle Clocks
Located in Vienna, AT
Brass construction with a battery movement for one AAA-battery from the 1960s. (pictures shows the original movement before changing to battery one).
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Vintage 1960s German Mid-Century Modern Table Clocks and Desk Clocks

Materials

Brass

Midcentury Table Clock by Kienzle
Midcentury Table Clock by Kienzle
H 5.52 in W 6.3 in D 1.97 in
Kienzle German Midcentury Table Clock, 1950s
By Kienzle Clocks
Located in Saint-Amans-des-Cots, FR
German midcentury table clock by Kienzle, Germany, 1950s. Brass and glass. Beveled front glass. 8
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Vintage 1950s German Mid-Century Modern Table Clocks and Desk Clocks

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Brass

Mid-Century Modern Black Lucite Wall Clock
Located in Brooklyn, NY
A sophisticated but perficlty simple black lucite wall clock. Black face, black and red hands, and
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Wall Clocks

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Lucite

Vintage White Copal Model 222 Flip Clock
By Copal Clock 1
Located in Brooklyn, NY
A Mid-Century Modern Copal Model 222 flip clock with off-white plastic case, black face, and clear
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Mid-20th Century Table Clocks and Desk Clocks

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Plastic

Vintage White Copal Model 228 Flip Alarm Clock
By Copal Clock 1
Located in Brooklyn, NY
A beautiful mid-century modern Copal Model 228 flip clock with white plastic case, dark gray face
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Mid-20th Century Japanese Mid-Century Modern Table Clocks and Desk Clocks

Materials

Plastic

Rare Mid-19th Century Alabaster Conical Clock.
Located in Greenlawn, NY
A beautiful mid-19th century French conical clock with a patinated metal figure of Jason holding
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Antique Mid-19th Century French Mantel Clocks

Materials

Alabaster, Bronze

Rare Mid-19th Century Alabaster Conical Clock.
Rare Mid-19th Century Alabaster Conical Clock.
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H 34.5 in W 18.5 in D 10.5 in
Mid-Century Modern Mixed Wood Wall Clock
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Mid-Century American Modern wall clock composed of teak, English oak, walnut, and rosewood banding
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Wall Clocks

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Oak, Rosewood, Teak, Walnut

Mid Century Peter Pepper Products Wall Clock
By Peter Pepper Products
Located in Redding, CT
Midcentury Peter Pepper Wall Clock . Classic avocado green background with all wooden frame. Chrome
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Vintage 1970s Mid-Century Modern Wall Clocks

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Chrome

Mantel Clock depicting the Three Arts, France, Mid-19th Century
Located in Greding, DE
Bronze clock with a dark blue, spherical clock case with Roman hours and snake-shaped hands. The
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Antique Mid-19th Century French Mantel Clocks

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Bronze

1960s Kienzle Bentwood Desk Clock Germany restored
By Kienzle Clocks
Located in Chula Vista, CA
1960s Kienzle Bentwood Desk Clock Germany brown & silver fabulous patinated waterfall effect on
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Vintage 1960s German Mid-Century Modern Table Clocks and Desk Clocks

Materials

Metal

Fabulous Signed Curtis Jere Eyelash Clock Mirror Mid-century Modern
By Curtis Jeré
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Fabulous signed C.Jere eyelash mirror clock. These clocks are very rare and this one is a beauty
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Clocks

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Mirror

French Ormolu Mantel Clock pendulum France, Mid-Late 19th Century
Located in Lantau, HK
A French ormolu mantel clock French, mid-late 19th century Measres: Height 37 cm, width 39 cm
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Antique Mid-19th Century French Mantel Clocks

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Marble, Ormolu

Blue White Ceramic Kitchen Clock Mid-Century Wall Clock Exact, Germany
By German Manufactory
Located in Nuernberg, DE
Stunning original important blue glazed ceramic kitchen clock designed and made by Exact, Germany
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Vintage 1970s German Mid-Century Modern Wall Clocks

Materials

Metal

Mid-Century Ceramic Wall Clock by Pollmann
Located in Vienna, AT
Ceramic clock with a mechanic movement made my Pollmann in Austria in the early 1950s. Delivery
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Vintage 1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Wall Clocks

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Brass

Mid-Century Ceramic Wall Clock by Pollmann
Mid-Century Ceramic Wall Clock by Pollmann
H 7.88 in W 9.06 in D 1.97 in
Mid Century Modern German Junghans Brass Leaf Sunburst Starburst Clock 17"
By Junghans Uhren GmbH
Located in Dayton, OH
Mid 20th century Junghans key wound, wall hanging brass sunburst clock. Graduated rays accented
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Wall Clocks

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Brass

Vintage Bulova Quartz Desk Clock Germany
Located in Chula Vista, CA
Vintage Bulova Clock Company Desk Table Clock Quartz 4.38 H X 5.25 W x 1.88 D Preowned vintage
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Late 20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Table Clocks and Desk Clocks

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Metal, Brass

Vintage Mid Century Modern Style Wooden Wall Clock
Located in Seattle, WA
Sleek Wooden Wall Clock with Different Wood Textures. Stand Not Included. Operational Ability
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Vintage 1970s Mid-Century Modern Wall Clocks

Materials

Wood

German Art Deco Burl Walnut Lenzkirch AUG 2 Million Clock, 1930's
By Lenzkirch
Located in New York, NY
the mid-19th to the early 20th century. Bow front case 11.25" by 10", 5.25" deep, light colored burl
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Early 20th Century German Art Deco Mantel Clocks

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Brass

Vintage Mid_Century Gold Metamec Starburst Wall Clock, 1960s
By Metamec
Located in London, GB
For sale is a Mid-Century Modernist ‘Starburst’ or 'Sunburst' wall clock by Metamec, England and
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Mid-20th Century British Mid-Century Modern Wall Clocks

Materials

Metal, Brass

Mid-Century Wall Clock by Klenoty, Czechoslovakia, 1960s
Located in Praha, CZ
Wall clock made by Klenoty in Czechoslovakia in 1960s. Made of glass and brass. Fully functional.
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Vintage 1960s Czech Mid-Century Modern Wall Clocks

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Metal

Set of Two Alarm Clocks by PRIM, Czechoslovakia, 1980s
By PRIM Clocks
Located in Praha, CZ
Set of two alarm clocks in very good original condition. Made by PRIM in Czechoslovakia in 1980s
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Vintage 1980s Czech Mid-Century Modern Carriage Clocks and Travel Clocks

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Metal, Steel

Vintage Mechanical Bakelite Maritime Wall Clock from Seth Thomas, 1950s
By Seth Thomas Clock Company
Located in Kojetice, CZ
Vintage bakelite winding ships wall clock made by Seth Thomas Clock Company in United States during
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Mid-20th Century American Industrial Wall Clocks

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Glass, Bakelite

Winding Alarm Clock by PRIM, Czechoslovakia, "Space Age" 1960s
By PRIM Clocks
Located in Praha, CZ
Good original condition. Made by 1960s, in the Space Age. Fully functional, repolished.
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Vintage 1980s Czech Mid-Century Modern Carriage Clocks and Travel Clocks

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Plastic

Mid-Century Glass Wall Clock by Junghans
Located in Vienna, AT
Smoked glass clock face with nickel plated clock hands and indexing. Made in Germany by Junghans in
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Vintage 1960s Wall Clocks

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Acrylic

Jaeger LeCoultre Mid Century Marina Clock Model No. 486
By Jaeger-LeCoultre
Located in London, GB
Beautiful Jaeger LeCoultre mid century Marina eight day clock with a detailed naturalistic design
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Mid-20th Century Swiss Mid-Century Modern Mantel Clocks

Materials

Brass

Mid Century Modern Lux Robert Shaw Fulton Brass Atomic Sunburst Wall Clock 28"
Located in Dayton, OH
Mid 20th century electric / plug in wall hanging clock. Mid century modern / atomic brass sunburst
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Wall Clocks

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Brass

Art Deco Modernist Blue Glass Electric Clock By Smiths Clockmakers, c1930
By Smiths English Clock Systems
Located in Devon, England
Very attractive and totally authentic 1930s Art Deco Smith's mantel clock dating from 1937 or soon
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Mid-20th Century English Art Deco Mantel Clocks

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Chrome

Antique Seth Thomas Flame Mahogany & Rosewood Open Escapement Mantel Clock c1840
By Seth Thomas Clock Company
Located in Big Flats, NY
Antique Seth Thomas Flame Mahogany and Rosewood Open Escapement Mantel Clock with Flanking Columns
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Antique Mid-19th Century American Mantel Clocks

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Mahogany, Rosewood

Art Deco Modernist Green Glass Electric Clock By Smiths Clockmakers, c1930
By Smiths English Clock Systems
Located in Devon, England
Original 1930's Art Deco Modernist Green glass and chrome clock by the English clock makers Smiths
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Mid-20th Century English Art Deco Mantel Clocks

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Chrome

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Mid Century Clock For Sale on 1stDibs

Find many varieties of an authentic mid century clock available at 1stDibs. A mid century clock — often made from metal, wood and brass — can elevate any home. There are many kinds of the mid century clock you’re looking for, from those produced as long ago as the 18th Century to those made as recently as the 21st Century. A mid century clock is a generally popular piece of furniture, but those created in Mid-Century Modern, Art Deco and Industrial styles are sought with frequency. A well-made mid century clock has long been a part of the offerings for many furniture designers and manufacturers, but those produced by Howard Miller, George Nelson and Junghans Uhren GmbH are consistently popular.

How Much is a Mid Century Clock?

Prices for a mid century clock start at $100 and top out at $128,500 with the average selling for $1,268.

Finding the Right clocks for You

A sophisticated clock design, whether it’s a desk clock, mantel clock or large wall clock for your living room, is a decorative object to be admired in your home as much as it is a necessary functional element. This is part of the reason clocks make such superb collectibles. Given the versatility of these treasured fixtures — they’ve long been made in a range of shapes, sizes and styles — a clock can prove integral to your own particular interior decor.

Antique and vintage clocks can whisk us back to the 18th and 19th centuries. When most people think of antique clocks, they imagine an Art Deco Bakelite tabletop clock or wall clock, named for the revolutionary synthetic plastic, Bakelite, of which they’re made, or a stately antique grandfather clock. But the art of clock-making goes way back, transcending continents and encompassing an entire range of design styles and technologies. In short, there are many kinds of clocks depending on your needs.

A variety of wall clocks can be found on 1stDibs. A large antique hand-carved walnut wall clock is best suited to a big room and a flat background given what will likely be outwardly sculptural features, while Georgian grandfather clocks, or longcase clocks, will help welcome rainswept guests into your entryway or foyer. An interactive cuckoo clock, large or small, is guaranteed to bring outsize personality to your living room or dining room. For conversation pieces of a similar breed, mid-century modern enthusiasts go for the curious Ball clock, the first of more than 150 clock models conceived in the studio of legendary architect and designer George Nelson

Minimalist contemporary clocks and books pair nicely on a shelf, but an eye-catching vintage mantel clock can add balance to your home library while drawing attention to your art and design books and other decorative objects. Ormolu clocks dating from the Louis XVI period, designed in the neoclassical style, are often profusely ornate, featuring architectural flourishes and rich naturalistic details. Rococo-style mantel clocks of Meissen porcelain or porcelain originating from manufacturers in cities such as Limoges, France, during the 18th and 19th centuries, exude an air of imperial elegance on your shelves or side tables and can help give your desk a 19th-century upgrade.

On 1stDibs, find a range of extraordinary antique and vintage clocks today.

Questions About Mid Century Clock
  • 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 27, 2024
    The difference between mid-century and mid-century modern comes down to specificity. When it comes to furniture and architecture, for example, mid-century refers to works that emerged during the middle of the 20th century, usually between 1950 and 1970. The more specific descriptor, mid-century modern, is used to refer to a particular style of design that emphasizes simplicity, organic forms and clean lines. Mid-century modern furniture designers generally drew on the architectural work of Frank Lloyd Wright, Bauhaus design, Scandinavian modernism and more. Any piece of furniture produced during the 1950s and ’60s can be referred to as mid-century, but only those with specific characteristics are mid-century modern. That said, when enthusiasts of furniture and architecture use the shorter of the two phrases, they may indeed be referring to modernist works created during that period in history. On 1stDibs, find a wide variety of mid-century modern furniture.
  • 1stDibs ExpertOctober 26, 2021
    A mid-century sofa is any sofa created during the mid-20th century. Mid-century modern sofas are pieces of seating furniture that embody the venturesome attributes that we associate with mid-century modern furniture — while not all sofas designed in the mid-century modern style are the same, they frequently have a low profile and are characterized by gentle curves, clean lines and an organic shape. Mid-century furniture is a timeless classic due to its elegant simplicity. Shop a collection of antique, vintage, and contemporary mid-century sofas from some of the world’s top dealers on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 17, 2023
    No, the 1970s are generally not considered to fall within the era identified as mid-century. With respect to mid-century modern design, while there is some debate between collectors and design experts about the specific time period that saw the emergence of the style, most furniture enthusiasts agree that by the late 1960s, interest in MCM had largely declined. Writer Cara Greenberg, who coined the term “mid-century modernism,” suggests that “the period from the end of World War II to 1960 – from V-J Day to JFK – was the heyday of innovative furniture design in America.” Mid-century modern furniture is characterized by clean lines and inviting, organic shapes. Furniture makers of the era believed that good design was an essential part of good living. Find a variety of vintage mid-century modern furniture and decorative objects on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Mid-century artwork is any piece of art produced during the middle of the 20th century. It includes paintings, drawings, prints, sculptures, collages, pottery and other media. You'll find a large selection of mid-century artwork from some of the world’s top sellers on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 22, 2021
    Mid-century modern decor was popularized during the period of 1933 to 1965 but most would suggest that the style emerged during the years that followed World War II. This style of decor is typically characterized by sleek lines, organic forms, minimal ornamentation and high functionality. Find the finest mid-century modern furnishings and more on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 22, 2021
    Mid-century furniture is furniture created within the period of 1933 to 1965 but most would argue that the style began to emerge in the postwar years. This style of furniture is known for its sleek lines and organic shapes. The creators most frequently associated with mid-century modern furniture believed that good design meant good living. Mid-century modern is today by far the largest category of furnishings on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Mid-century jewelry is a style of jewelry that rose in popularity along with the mid-century modern design movement. Pieces from this era typically feature bold, geometric designs. Shop a variety of mid-century jewelry and accessories from some of the world’s top dealers on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 22, 2021
    The mid-century modern style emerged primarily in the years following World War II. This style of decor is characterized by sleek lines, organic forms, minimal ornamentation and high functionality. Creators of mid-century modern furniture believed that good design meant good living, and mid-century modern is today by far the largest category of furnishings on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertOctober 19, 2021
    A mid-century chair is a piece of seating furniture that was designed at any point during the middle of the 20th century. Mid-century modern furniture is characterized by pieces that were conceived and made in an energetic, optimistic spirit by creators who believed that good design was an essential part of good living. The mid-century period provided an excellent opportunity to experiment with both functional and decorative forms. Mid-century modern chairs were made with a variety of natural and synthetic materials, combining leather, wood, and cane with chrome, steel, and plastic. Shop a range of vintage mid-century chairs on 1stDibs today.
  • 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 22, 2021
    Mid century modern refers to the middle of the 20th century — specifically 1930s through the mid-1960s. This period represents a design and architecture movement characterized by simple shapes, clean lines, and organic materials. Some of the most famous mid century modern designers include Ray Eames, Charlotte Perriand, Isamu Noguchi and Eero Saarinen.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMay 22, 2019

    Mid-century modernism first appeared in 1945 and merged a minimalist aesthetic with practicality. Mid-century modern furniture is distinguishable by its lack of decoration or extravagance and its use of clean lines, organic curves and variety of natural materials.

    1stDibs ExpertFebruary 22, 2021
    Mid century modern furniture refers to pieces designed during the middle of the 20th century — specifically 1930s through the mid-1960s. This period represents a design and architecture movement characterized by simple shapes, clean lines, and organic materials. Some of the most famous mid century modern designers include Ray Eames, Charlotte Perriand, Isamu Noguchi and Eero Saarinen.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 25, 2024
    The years that encompass the mid-century modern period are roughly 1933 until 1965, but most experts argue, however, that the mid-century modern era correlates specifically to the years following World War II. These years in America saw one of the most delightful and dramatic flowerings of creativity in design history. Vintage mid-century modern furniture — including tables, chairs, desks and case pieces — are often organically shaped, clean-lined and elegantly simple. 

    Postwar architects and designers in the United States were animated by new ideas and new technology during the era of mid-century modernism. Materials developed for wartime use became available for domestic goods and were incorporated into mid-century furniture designs manufactured by the likes of Knoll and Herman Miller

    Charles and Ray Eames and Eero Saarinen, who had experimented extensively with molded plywood, eagerly embraced fiberglass for pieces such as the La Chaise and the Womb chair, respectively. 

    Knoll became a chief influencer in the rise of modern design in the United States, thanks to the work of Florence Knoll, the pioneering architect and designer who made the firm a leader in its field. The seating that Knoll created for office spaces soon became desirable for the home. Similarly, Michigan’s Herman Miller is best known for its iconic mid-century modern furniture, and while the company focused on the office, people loved its designs for their homes, too.

    Find vintage mid-century modern furniture for sale on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 13, 2024
    Yes, Eames is mid-century modern. In many ways, Charles Eames and Ray Eames were the embodiment of the inventiveness, energy and optimism at the heart of mid-century modern American design, and they have been recognized as the most influential designers of the 20th century. Some of the couple's most famous mid-century modern designs include the Eames Lounge chair and ottoman, the Eames Molded Plywood chair and the Eames Fiberglass chair. Shop a wide range of Charles and Ray Eames furniture on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMay 3, 2024
    The years between 1950 and 1960 are typically considered mid-century. Some people also include the 1970s in the definition. Remember that the term mid-century furniture refers to pieces produced during the middle of the 20th century. It is different from mid-century modern, the name for a furniture style that emerged primarily in the years following World War II and is characterized by pieces that were conceived and made in an energetic, optimistic spirit by creators who believed that good design was an essential part of good living. On 1stDibs, shop a variety of mid-century furniture.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 13, 2024
    Yes, some rattan is mid-century modern. Designers of the mid-century modern movement often preferred to use natural materials, including rattan, in their designs. However, not all rattan furniture was made during this period. Rattan was also a popular material for furniture produced during the Victorian era and continues to be used to produce furniture today. Shop a wide range of rattan furniture on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMay 5, 2023
    To tell if a chair is mid-century, look for labels and markings that indicate its maker. Then, use trusted online resources to determine when the company was active. A certified appraiser or experienced antiques dealer can be of assistance when dating chairs. Iconic mid-century modern furniture designers include Charles and Ray Eames, Eero Saarinen, Milo Baughman, Florence Knoll, Harry Bertoia and Isamu Noguchi. Find a variety of mid-century modern chairs on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMay 5, 2023
    To tell if furniture is mid-century modern, examine the piece, looking for labels and markings that indicate who produced it. Then, consult trusted online resources to determine when the maker was active and what styles of furniture they made. Iconic mid-century modern furniture designers include Charles and Ray Eames, Eero Saarinen, Milo Baughman, Florence Knoll, Harry Bertoia and Isamu Noguchi. A knowledgeable dealer or certified appraiser can help you determine if a particular piece is genuine mid-century modern or a reproduction. Shop a range of mid-century modern furniture on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Yes, Mondrian’s art is believed to be one of the great inspirations for the mid-century modern approach to minimalism. His artworks were not just a departure from figurative works, but a new look at abstract art as well. On 1stDibs, find a variety of original artwork from top artists.
  • 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 13, 2023
    To identify mid-century lamps, look for a manufacturer's label or stamp on the base or the shade. You can use trusted online resources to determine when the company or artisan was active. Some lamps may also have a date stamp that you can use for identification purposes. Pieces dating from the late 1950s through the early 1970s are mid-century in terms of their age. A mid-century modern lamp will show off hallmarks of the design style, such as curvy hourglass or globe forms. A certified appraiser or experienced antiques dealer may also be able to help with the identification. Find a range of mid-century lamps on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Mid-century is considered the middle of the century, however as it pertains to furniture and design, mid-century is an American design movement known for its modern style, construction and the Modernist movement. It is typically simple and clean lines without embellishments. Shop a range of mid-century modern designs on 1stDIbs.

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