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George Nelson Clocks

George Nelson (USA, 1908–86)
George Nelson (USA, 1908–86)

Architect, designer, and writer George Nelson was a central figure in the mid-century American modernist design movement; and his thoughts influenced not only the furniture we live with, but also how we live.

Nelson came to design via journalism and literature. Upon receiving his bachelor’s degree in architecture from Yale in 1931, he won the Prix de Rome fellowship, and spent his time in Europe writing magazine articles that helped bring stateside recognition to Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Gio Ponti, Le Corbusier and other canonical modernist architects. In the 1940s, Nelson wrote texts that suggested such now-commonplace ideas as open-plan houses, storage walls and family rooms. D.J. De Pree, the owner of the furniture maker Herman Miller, was so impressed by Nelson that in 1944 — following the sudden death of Gilbert Rohde, who had introduced the firm to modern design in the 1930s — he invited Nelson to join the company as its design director.

There Nelson’s curatorial design talents came to the fore. To Herman Miller he brought such eminent creators as Charles and Ray Eames, Isamu Noguchi, and the textile and furniture designer Alexander Girard. Thanks to a clever contract, at the same time as he directed Herman Miller he formed a New York design company, George Nelson & Associates, that sold furniture designs to the Michigan firm, as well as its competitor, the Howard Miller Clock Company. Nelson’s New York team of designers (who were rarely individually credited) would create such iconic pieces as the Marshmallow sofa, the Coconut chair, the Ball clock, the Bubble lamp series and the many cabinets and beds that comprise the sleek Thin-Edge line.

For dedicated collectors, as well as for interior designers who look beyond “the look,” there is a “cool-factor” inherent to vintage pieces from George Nelson and others. Nelson was in on it from the start, and it’s valuable to have a piece that was there with him. But still, as is evident from the offerings from dealers on these pages, in any of the designs, in any iteration whose manufacture Nelson oversaw and encouraged, there are shining elements of lightness, elegance, sophistication — and a little bit of swagger. George Nelson felt confident in his ideas about design and didn’t mind letting the world know.

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George Nelson for Howard Miller 4759 Clock
By Howard Miller, George Nelson
Located in Palm Springs, CA
An early Howard Miller clock by George Nelson. It is model 4759 and is running order. It came to us with a plug attached to the back for a direct plug into the wall. We added a cord ...
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1940s American Vintage George Nelson Clocks

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Aluminum

Original George Nelson for Howard Miller Modern Spike Sunburst Brass Clock 1960s
By George Nelson, Howard Miller
Located in National City, CA
Vintage Mid-Century Modern brass wall clock by George Nelson for Howard Miller. Brass spike starburst sunburst design modern exaggerated original arms The USA, circa 1960s. Dimens...
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1960s North American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Clocks

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Metal, Aluminum, Brass

Early Production George Nelson Natural Wood Ball Clock #4755, Howard Miller
By Howard Miller, George Nelson
Located in Buffalo, NY
Early production George Nelson natural wood ball clock #4755, Howard Miller, designed in 1947, Estate fresh. Purchased in 1949, wonderful example, retains original second hand and or...
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1940s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Clocks

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Brass, Steel

George Nelson Chronopak Desk Clock
By Howard Miller, George Nelson
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Scarce Chronopak table clock, designed by George Nelson for Howard Miller. Spherical body floats on chrome base. Pretty walnut wood selection has an attractive patina. A poised and s...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Clocks

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Walnut

Original George Nelson for Howard Miller Black 'Asterisk' Wall Clock, circa 1960
By Irving Harper, George Nelson, Howard Miller
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This Asterisk Clock by George Nelson Associates for Howard Miller is a rare find and one of the more in-demand of his designs. The black steel face, mounted on a metal back, is free ...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Clocks

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Steel, Brass

Original Oval Rattan 'Basket Clock' by George Nelson for Howard Miller, 1950s
By Irving Harper, George Nelson, Howard Miller
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Out of the 150+ designs created by George Nelson for Howard Miller, this Oval 'Basket' wall clock is one of the more rare editions. Small black circles mark the number positions arou...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Clocks

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Rattan

George Nelson Mini Grandfather Clock for Howard Miller
By George Nelson, Howard Miller
Located in Hudson, NY
Beautiful half-height tabletop grandfather clock in rosewood. Designed by George Nelson for Howard Miller clock company. Wind-up mechanism. Weights and pendulum are purely decorative.
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1950s American Vintage George Nelson Clocks

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Rosewood

George Nelson Kite Clock for Howard Miller
By Irving Harper, Howard Miller, George Nelson
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
For your consideration is an original kite wall clock in the rare color combination. Model 2201B. The clock still retains original Howard Miller logo on front an reverse. In nearly p...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern George Nelson Clocks

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Metal

Arthur Umanoff Desk Clock, George Nelson & Associates, 1950s
By George Nelson, Howard Miller
Located in Houston, TX
George Nelson & Associates table clock. Howard Miller Clock Company, USA. Rosewood, steel. Measures: 4.25 W x 3 D x 5.5 H inches. Signed with decal manufacturer's label t...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Clocks

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Steel

George Nelson Tripod Table Clock
By George Nelson
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Scarce large tripod table clock, Model 4764, designed by George Nelson and Associates for Howard Miller Clock Company. Satin brass dial encased in plexiglass bubble, with signature b...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern George Nelson Clocks

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Brass

George Nelson Grandfather Clock for Howard Miller
By George Nelson, Howard Miller
Located in New London, CT
A nice rethinking of an old school Classic; the grandfather clock by George Nelson for Howard Miller. George Nelson (1908-1986) was, together with Charles & Ray Eames, one of the...
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Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern George Nelson Clocks

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Glass, Burl

Vintage George Nelson Ball Clock for Howard Miller
By George Nelson
Located in Brooklyn, NY
The ball clock (1949) was the first of more than 150 clocks designed by George Nelson associates for the Howard Miller clock company, which sold them from 1949s-the 1980s. The ball c...
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1950s Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Clocks

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Wood

A Vintage George Nelson Ball Clock
By George Nelson
Located in St.Petersburg, FL
A classic George Nelson/Howard Miller ball clock. Mounts right into an outlet, original painted orange balls.
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1950s North American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Clocks

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Brass

George Nelson Chess Piece Clock
By Howard Miller, George Nelson
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Rare model #2251 chess piece table clock designed by George Nelson for Howard Miller Clock Company. Turned walnut base supports wooden case that is decorated with a crown of brass po...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Clocks

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Brass

Lucite and Brass Wall Clock by George Nelson for Howard Miller
By George Nelson, Howard Miller
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A truly stunning modern wall-mounted clock by George Nelson for Howard Miller. It features a transparent Lucite face and brass German workings. This clock retains its protective cove...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Clocks

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Brass

1950s Swiss George Nelson Ball Clock for Howard Miller by Fehlbaum Brothers
By George Nelson
Located in Frisco, TX
The European version of the design classic ball clock from George Nelson for Howard Miller. Manufactured in Bern Switzerland by the Fehlbaum Brothers in the 1950s. The inner Workings...
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1950s Swiss Vintage George Nelson Clocks

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Copper

Nelson Chronopak Orb Round Ball Shape Turned Walnut Desk Clock
By George Nelson, Howard Miller
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Mid-Century Modern George Nelson for Howard Miller chronopak desk clock. 95% perfect condition.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern George Nelson Clocks

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Walnut

Ball Wall Clock No. 4755 in Brass, Steel and Maple Wood, 1948-1950
By George Nelson, Howard Miller
Located in New York, NY
Ball wall clock, model no. 4755. Designed 1947, this example produced 1948-50. Manufactured by Howard Miller Clock Company, Zeeland, MI. Brass, steel, maple. The ball clock was inclu...
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1940s American Modern Vintage George Nelson Clocks

Lucite and Chrome Wall Clock by George Nelson, Howard Miller
By Howard Miller, George Nelson
Located in Buffalo, NY
Lucite and chrome wall clock by George Nelson, Howard Miller. Key wind, chimes, retains Howard Miller label.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern George Nelson Clocks

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Metal

Electric Wall Clock by George Nelson Associates for Howard Miller
By Howard Miller, George Nelson
Located in Chicago, IL
Electric wall clock designed circa 1950 by George Nelson Associates for Howard Miller with a masonite face, numbers resembling push pins, and a birch frame.  Please let us know if ...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Clocks

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Metal

Azure Ceramic 'Meridian' Clock for Raymor
By George Nelson, Howard Miller
Located in New York, NY
A ceramic clock with a Bitossi Rimini Blue style design of impressed geometric forms and glazed in azure and light green. Ceramic body made in Italy, designed by George Nelson, clock...
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1950s Italian Vintage George Nelson Clocks

George Nelson Prototype Domino Clock
By George Nelson
Located in Chicago, IL
Nelson office, designed by Irving Harper for Howard Miller. This is the only clock and was never produced. Purchased from Howard Miller Executive.  
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Clocks

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Wood

George Nelson Meridian Wall Clock Rimini Blue Face by Aldo Londi for Bitossi
By George Nelson, Aldo Londi, Bitossi
Located in Brooklyn, NY
“Meridian” clock designed by George Nelson for the Howard Miller Clock Company. Face is made of “Rimini Blue” Italian ceramic designed by Aldo Londi for Bitossi, battery operated.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Clocks

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Ceramic

Rare George Nelson Howard Miller Burl and Rosewood Grandfather Clock
By Howard Miller, George Nelson
Located in Buffalo, NY
George Nelson grandfather clock with weight driven movement in a modern burl wood and rosewood cabinet made by Howard Miller. Unusual Pentagon shape. Features lovely soft Westminster...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern George Nelson Clocks

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Metal

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Vintage Wall Ball Clock Designed by George Nelson for Vitra
By Vitra, George Nelson
Located in San Diego, CA
Klassik Mid-Century Modern, Atomic age vintage wall clock designed by George Nelson for Vitra, better operated mechanism, made in Germany circa 1990s in working condition.
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Late 20th Century German Mid-Century Modern George Nelson Clocks

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Metal, Brass

Rosewood Desk Clock by Howard Miller
By George Nelson, Howard Miller, Arthur Umanoff
Located in South Charleston, WV
Arthur Umanoff (1923-1985) for George Nelson Associates desk clock Howard Miller Clock Co., Zeeland, Michigan, 1960s, walnut, steel, Howard Miller label on back Measures: 4" W x 3 1...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Clocks

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Steel, Chrome

  • Rosewood Desk Clock by Howard Miller
  • Rosewood Desk Clock by Howard Miller
  • Rosewood Desk Clock by Howard Miller
  • Rosewood Desk Clock by Howard Miller
H 5.5 in. W 4 in. D 3.5 in.
George Nelson Fernando the Fish Zoo Timers Wall Clock
By George Nelson
Located in San Diego, CA
Whimsical wall clock design by George Nelson for Vitra part of the zoo timers design in 1965 this is a reedition from 2004 battery operated and in working condition. Very nice design...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern George Nelson Clocks

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Plastic

George Nelson Sunflower Clock
By George Nelson, Howard Miller
Located in San Mateo, CA
Sunflower clock designed by George Nelson and Associates for Howard Miller. The petals on this clock are a combination of walnut and birch veneers. This was originally had a key wind...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Clocks

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Brass

  • George Nelson Sunflower Clock
  • George Nelson Sunflower Clock
  • George Nelson Sunflower Clock
  • George Nelson Sunflower Clock
H 2.88 in. Dm 29.5 in.
Very Rare George Nelson String Wall Clock
By George Nelson
Located in New York, NY
George Nelson & Associates string wall clock, model 2214B. Signed with decal manufacturer's label to reverse: [Howard Miller Clock Company Zeeland, Michigan].
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1950s American Vintage George Nelson Clocks

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Enamel, Steel

George Nelson Spike Clock by Howard Miller
By George Nelson, Howard Miller
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
Striking George Nelson spike clock by Howard Miller. Model 2202 in painted wood and brass. Unusual black on black finish. Very good original condition.
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Metal

Meridian Clock for Raymor Designed by George Nelson
By George Nelson, Howard Miller, Bitossi
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
Striking Mid-Century Bitossi ceramic wall clock by Howard Miller and designed by George Nelson. This particular design is very rare. All original condition.
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Clocks

Birchwood Wall Clock by George Nelson for Howard Miller
By George Nelson, Howard Miller
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This modernist wall clock is an original design by George Nelson for Howard Miller. Roman numerals and lined notches mark the round light birch wood face of the clock. From the black...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Clocks

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Birch

Mid-Century Modern George Nelson for Howard Miller Desk or Table Clock
By George Nelson, Howard Miller
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A fine tulip base pedestal clock designed by George Nelson and manufactured by Howard Miller clock company. Heavy well-made steel construction with a bubble front lens. Original "C" ...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Clocks

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Steel

Meridian Clock for Raymor Designed by George Nelson
By George Nelson, Howard Miller, Bitossi
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
Striking Bitossi ceramic wall clock by Howard Miller and designed by George Nelson. All original condition.
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Clocks

George Nelson for Howard Miller Wood Block Clock
By George Nelson, Howard Miller
Located in Costa Mesa, CA
Model 622-719 by George Nelson Associates for Howard Miller. Battery operated, in perfect working condition. Uses a C battery, circa 1975. Painted wood frame with metal hour, minu...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Clocks

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Bog Wood

Original George Nelson Ball Clock
By George Nelson, Howard Miller
Located in Costa Mesa, CA
Authentic original George Nelson for Howard Miller ball clock with black hour balls and brass body. Rare key wind mechanism. Works perfectly.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Clocks

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Brass