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Mid-Century Modern Table Clocks and Desk Clocks

MID-CENTURY MODERN STYLE

Organically shaped, clean-lined and elegantly simple are three terms that well describe mid-century modern American furniture. The style, which emerged primarily in the years following World War II, 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.

Postwar American architects and designers were animated by new ideas and new technology. The lean, functionalist “International Style” architecture of Le Corbusier and Bauhaus eminences such as Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Walter Gropius had been promoted in the United States during the ’30s by Philip Johnson and others. New building techniques, such as “post-and-beam” construction, allowed the International-style schemes to be realized on a small scale, in open-plan houses with long walls of glass.

Materials developed for wartime use became available for domestic goods and were incorporated into mid-century modern furniture designs. Charles and Ray Eames and Eero Saarinen, who had experimented extensively with molded plywood, eagerly embraced fiberglass for, respectively, pieces such as the La Chaise and the Womb chair. George Nelson and his design team created Bubble lamp shades using a new translucent polymer skin. Harry Bertoia and Isamu Noguchi devised chairs and tables built of wire mesh and wire struts. Materials were re-purposed: the Danish-born designer Jens Risom created a line of chairs that used surplus parachute straps for webbed seats and backrests.

As the demand for casual, uncluttered furnishings grew, more mid-century designers caught the spirit.

Classically-oriented creators such as Edward Wormley, house designer for Dunbar Inc., offered such pieces as the sinuous Listen to Me chaise; the British expatriate T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings switched gears, creating items such as the tiered, biomorphic Mesa table. There were Young Turks such as Paul McCobb — who designed holistic groups of sleek, blonde-wood furniture — and Milo Baughman, who espoused a West Coast aesthetic in lushly upholstered chairs and sofas with angular steel frames.

As the collection of vintage mid-century modern American furniture on 1stDibs demonstrates, this period saw one of the most delightful and dramatic flowerings of creativity in design history.

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Style: Mid-Century Modern
Vintage Illuminated Glass Clock from Halux, Germany, 1950s
By Halux
Located in Esbjerg, DK
- Illuminated electrical wall or table clock manufactured by Halux in Flensburg, Germany - It was for the Danish newspaper Jyske Vestkysten - Only 8 examples were made for the news...
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1950s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Table Clocks and Desk Clocks

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Steel

Murano Millefiori Mosaic Flowers Italian Art Glass Decorative Round Desk Clock
Located in Kissimmee, FL
Beautiful Murano hand blown millefiori flower mosaic Italian art glass desk clock. It has a Quartz clock face, a triangle stand on the back, and battery operated clock face (new batt...
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Late 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Clocks and Desk Clocks

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Metal

Jaeger LeCoultre Mid Century Marina Bees Model no. 404
Located in London, GB
A stunning Swiss Mid Century Jaeger LeCoultre Marina Eight Day clock with a skeletonised baguette movement. This is a Marina Bees Model no. 404. The clock has a polished gilt bras...
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Mid-20th Century Swiss Mid-Century Modern Table Clocks and Desk Clocks

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Brass

Vintage 1960s Hollywood Regency brass walnut Table Clock by Kienzle, Germany
Located in Kirchlengern, DE
Article: Table clock Origin: Germany Producer: Kienzle, Germany Age: 1960s This original vintage table clock was produced in the 1960s by the prem...
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Late 20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Table Clocks and Desk Clocks

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Metal, Brass

Original Citizen Table Clock in Metal, 1950s
Located in Milan, IT
Amazing original citizen table clock 1950 in metal.
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1950s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Table Clocks and Desk Clocks

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Metal

Mid Century Jaeger Le Coultre Atmos Clock
Located in London, GB
A nice example of A Jaeger Le Coultre Atmos clock, Embassy, signed Jaeger Le Coultre, , base with stop lever, dial with Roman chapter ring and visible balance wheel below, 22cm high,...
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1970s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Table Clocks and Desk Clocks

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Bronze

Jaeger LeCoultre Mid Century Atmos Clock
Located in London, GB
A stunning mid-century Jaeger LeCoultre gilt brass Atmos clock with circular dial and Arabic numerals. The ring-shaped balance appears to float in the air. The clock is silent and ne...
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Mid-20th Century Swiss Mid-Century Modern Table Clocks and Desk Clocks

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Brass

Fontana Arte Midcentury Italian Crystal Glass Table Clock for Mercedes, 1950s
By Fontana Arte, MERCEDES BENZ
Located in Roma, IT
Amazing midcentury crystal glass table clock. This fantastic piece was designed by Fontana Arte for Mercedes during the 1950s in Italy. This amazing desk clock has an irregular fa...
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Mid-20th Century Swiss Mid-Century Modern Table Clocks and Desk Clocks

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Crystal, Metal

Jaeger LeCoultre Mid Century Atmos Clock Model 528-8
Located in London, GB
A stunning Mid Century Jaeger LeCoultre Atmos clock, model 528-8 with circular dial and Arabic numerals. In its glass case, the Atmos clock’s unique design allows the owner to see th...
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Mid-20th Century Swiss Mid-Century Modern Table Clocks and Desk Clocks

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Brass

Stancraft High Time Ceiling Light Projection Alarm Clock St Paul, MN, 1960s
Located in National City, CA
Midcentury vintage high time alarm ceiling clock by Stancraft St Paul MN Designed with Top feature of projected light to Ceiling Wall via internal bulb-untested function capability. ...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Table Clocks and Desk Clocks

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Metal

Mid Century Jaeger-LeCoultre Atmos Clock
Located in London, GB
A nice example of A Jaeger-LeCoultre Atmos clock, Embassy, signed Jaeger Le Coultre, with red and black faux marble panels, base with stop lever, dial with Roman chapter ring and vis...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Table Clocks and Desk Clocks

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Bronze

Vintage Model 412 Digital Flip Clock by Sankyo
Located in Brooklyn, NY
A 1970s digital flip clock by Sankyo. Black plastic case, chrome face and accents, and round dial for setting clock and alarm on the left side. In good vintage condition with ligh...
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Late 20th Century Japanese Mid-Century Modern Table Clocks and Desk Clocks

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Chrome

Jaeger Lecoultre 1960s Rue De La Paix Lantern Table Desk 8 Day Clock
Located in Montreal, QC
Jaeger-Le Coultre gilt metal and black Lacquered ‘Rue De La Paix’ street lamp clock. In the form of a Parisian Lamp Post. This rather weighty clock is made from a brass base, painted...
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Table Clocks and Desk Clocks

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Brass

Measured Time, Clock & Kitchen Timer, by Isamu Noguchi
Located in Paris, FR
A « Measured Time » clock & kitchen timer by Isamu Noguchi, in bakelite, metal, enameled metal and printed paper, manufactured by Stevenson Manufacturing Company, La Porte, Indiana, ...
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1930s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Table Clocks and Desk Clocks

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Metal, Enamel

Jaeger LeCoultre, Atmos Clock, Roman Numerals, 1978
Located in Greven, DE
Atmos clock with roman numerals Switzerland Brass gold plated Year of manufacture 1978 Dimensions: H x W x D: 22 x 18 x 13,5 cm Description: Atmos V caliber 526 in gold p...
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1970s Swiss Vintage Mid-Century Modern Table Clocks and Desk Clocks

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Brass

Sophisticated Mid-Century Modernist Brass Clock on Pedestal by Telechron
Located in New York, NY
A Classic example of Mid-Century Modernism's clean aesthetic and style. A brass tripod with ball-points holds a fully original Telechron clock resting within a rectangular polished-b...
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Table Clocks and Desk Clocks

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Brass

Jaeger LeCoultre Mid Century Marina Clock Model No. 486
Located in London, GB
Beautiful Jaeger LeCoultre mid century Marina eight day clock with a detailed naturalistic design. With a polished gilt brass and lucite case with a black background, this clock i...
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Mid-20th Century Swiss Mid-Century Modern Table Clocks and Desk Clocks

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Brass

Vintage Imhof for Saks Fifth Avenue Circular Brass Desk Clock Switzerland, 1960s
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Stately, two-handed, Swiss 15 jewel, 8 day winding desk clock manufactured by Imhof for Saks Fifth Avenue- early 1960s. Polished brass, splayed circular clock face, with applied sol...
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1960s Swiss Vintage Mid-Century Modern Table Clocks and Desk Clocks

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Brass

Jaeger LeCoultre Mid Century Atmos Clock Model 544
Located in London, GB
A stunning mid-century Jaeger LeCoultre Atmos clock model 544, with a stylish square dial with rounded edges. In its glass case, the Atmos clock’s unique design allows the owner to s...
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Mid-20th Century Swiss Mid-Century Modern Table Clocks and Desk Clocks

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Brass

Jaeger LeCoultre Mid-Century Skeleton Clock
Located in London, GB
Stunning Jaeger LeCoultre inline skeleton clock, with a clean minimalistic design which would look stylish on a table, mantelpiece of desk. The stylish Jaeger LeCoultre logo is v...
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Mid-20th Century Swiss Mid-Century Modern Table Clocks and Desk Clocks

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Brass

Jaeger LeCoultre Mid Century Skeleton Clock
Located in London, GB
Stunning Jaeger-LeCoultre Inline Skeleton Clock, parading a clean minimalistic design suitable anywhere in the home, especially a table, mantelpiece or desk. Made with gilt brass...
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Mid-20th Century Swiss Mid-Century Modern Table Clocks and Desk Clocks

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Brass

Jaeger LeCoultre Mid-Century Skeleton Clock
Located in London, GB
Stunning Jaeger LeCoultre inline skeleton clock, parading a clean minimalistic design suitable anywhere in the home, especially a table, mantelpiece or desk. Made with gilt brass...
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Mid-20th Century Swiss Mid-Century Modern Table Clocks and Desk Clocks

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Brass

Midcentury Swiza 8 Day Swiss Chromed Steel Table Clock with Alarm Clock, 1960s
Located in Roma, IT
Very elegant Midcentury Swiza with 8-day movement and 1960s alarm clock. This amazing piece was designed in Switzerland during the 1960s. This wonderful heavy chrome cylinder-sha...
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Mid-20th Century Swiss Mid-Century Modern Table Clocks and Desk Clocks

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Metal

Square Silver Tone Desk Clock
Located in Oakland Park, FL
Square silver tone desk clock. Round face. Battery operated "works". China, 20th century. Brass ring face detail Size: 4"W x 4"H x 2.5"D.
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2010s Asian Mid-Century Modern Table Clocks and Desk Clocks

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Brass, Chrome

KIENZLE Modern Bentwood Desk Clock 1960s Germany
Located in National City, CA
Desk Clock Kienzle Modern Bentwood Desk Table Clock Brown & Silver made in Germany 1960s Fabulous patinated waterfall effect on bentwood case also includes plexiglass and metal. 5D x...
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1960s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Table Clocks and Desk Clocks

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Metal

Mid-Century Isamu Noguchi Hawkeye Measured Time Clock and Timer
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
Noguchi's first mass-produced design, completed circa 1932, predating his design for the "Radio Nurse" baby monitor by about five years. Produced by Stevenson Manufacturing...
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1930s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Table Clocks and Desk Clocks

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Metal

20th Century Black French Industrial Table Lamp, Desk Metal Clock
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A black, vintage Mid-Century Modern French industrial table lamp made of hand crafted metal, featuring a two light socket, in good condition. The small desk lamp is composed with a c...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Table Clocks and Desk Clocks

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Metal

Jaeger LeCoultre Mid Century Atmos Clock Model 540
Located in London, GB
A stunning mid century Jaeger LeCoultre gilt brass Atmos clock with circular dial. This is the current model 540. With it’s glass case, the Atmos clock’s unique design allows the own...
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Mid-20th Century Swiss Mid-Century Modern Table Clocks and Desk Clocks

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Brass

Jaeger-LeCoultre 1960's "Rue de la Paix" Lantern 8-Day Table Desk Clock
Located in Mexico City, MX
A 1960's Swiss "Rue de la Paix" lantern table clock by Jaeger-LeCoultre. Gilt metal and brass with black and white lacquer. Manual 15 jewel keyless movement with 8 day power reserve,...
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1960s Swiss Vintage Mid-Century Modern Table Clocks and Desk Clocks

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Brass

Large Midcentury Kienzle GMT World Time Zone Brass Table Clock, Germany, 1960s
Located in Vienna, AT
A impressive and large brass and glass modernist desk or table clock with a world map clocks face and world time zones and beautiful three-dimensional digits. Executed in the 1960s b...
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Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Table Clocks and Desk Clocks

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Brass

Sessions United Mid-Century Clipper Ship Electrified Table Clock
Located in New York, NY
Mid-century American clipper ship-shaped table/mantel clock with a shaped wooden body, shaped metal sales, and a central white and black enamel clock face fashioned to look like a sh...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Table Clocks and Desk Clocks

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Metal

Sessions United Mid-Century Clipper Ship Electrified Table Clock
Located in New York, NY
Mid-century American clipper ship-shaped table/mantel clock with a shaped wooden body, shaped metal sales, and a central white and black enamel clock face fashioned to look like a sh...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Table Clocks and Desk Clocks

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Metal

Jefferson 500 Space Age Chrome Rocket Shape Desk Top Clock
Located in Ferndale, MI
Fine working order. Jefferson 500 desk top clock. Minor paint loss to face. Tiny bit of pitting to chrome. Designed so cord can be wound and stored on underside.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Table Clocks and Desk Clocks

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Metal

French Handstitched Brown Leather Clock, Jacques Adnet Attributed, 1950s
Located in Den Haag, NL
French handstitched brown leather clock, Jacques Adnet attributed, 1950s.
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1950s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Table Clocks and Desk Clocks

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Brass

Jaeger LeCoultre, Atmos Clock, Ref. 5909, Built in 1977
Located in Greven, DE
Jaeger LeCoultre - Atmos Clock VIII Ref. 5909 Switzerland Brass gold plated Year of manufacture 1977 Dimensions: H x W x D: 23 x 21 x 16 cm Description: Atmos VIII in mat...
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1970s Swiss Vintage Mid-Century Modern Table Clocks and Desk Clocks

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Brass

Aurora Clock by Kirsch/ Hamilton
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Iconic Aurora Clock! Lighted Dial turns and changes colors as the filters pass over each other. Un-restored but working great! Filters show some wavey lines as you can see as they ro...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Table Clocks and Desk Clocks

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Aluminum

Vintage Hollywood Regency Brass Wall Clock Atlanta Kienzle, Germany 1950s
Located in Kirchlengern, DE
Article: wall clock Origin: Germany Producer: Atlanta Electric, Germany Age: 1950s Description: This original vintage wall clock was produced i...
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Late 20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Table Clocks and Desk Clocks

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Metal, Brass

Jaeger LeCoultre Mid Century Sun Dial Desk Clock
Located in London, GB
A stunning Jaeger LeCoultre 8 day circular desk clock from the Mid Century era with a sun-shaped dial. The sun motif was prolific in the Art Deco era and was used as a symbol to chee...
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Mid-20th Century Swiss Mid-Century Modern Table Clocks and Desk Clocks

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Brass

Jaeger LeCoultre Mid Century Marina Atmos Clock
Located in London, GB
A stunning Jaeger LeCoultre mid century Marina Atmos clock with an Oriental fisherman theme. This piece looks wonderful on a desk in a study, or on a mantelpiece or table. Nicknam...
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Mid-20th Century Swiss Mid-Century Modern Table Clocks and Desk Clocks

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Gold Plate, Brass

Pio Manzù Cronotime Ritz-Italora Orange Italian Table Clock
Located in Roma, IT
The Cronotime clock consists of three rotating, adjustable parts. Enclosed in a single piece of shaped ABS, it was originally designed for Fiat as a gift item and later got wider pro...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Table Clocks and Desk Clocks

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Other

Jaeger-LeCoultre Marina Angel Fish Desk Clock, 1960s
Located in Rijssen, NL
This is beautiful and very decorative vintage Jaeger-LeCoultre marina desk clock dating from the early 1960s. The beautiful polished gilt brass and Lucite case decorated with delight...
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1960s Swiss Vintage Mid-Century Modern Table Clocks and Desk Clocks

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Brass

Isamu Noguchi Designed Stevenson Hawkeye Measured Time Clock
Located in Chalk Hill, PA
The Stevenson "Hawkeye Measured Time" Model-L clock is one of renowned sculptor and designer, Isamu Noguchi's earliest industrial endeavors. The organic casing for the clock was desi...
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1930s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Table Clocks and Desk Clocks

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Metal

German Kundo Brass Desk or Mantel Clock by Kieninger & Obergfell, 1960s
Located in Barntrup, DE
Absolutely stunning and rare, uniquely designed Kundo electronic magnetic pulse powered desk or mantle clock, producer Kieninger & Obergfell, Germany, the 1960s. Partly transparent, ...
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1960s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Table Clocks and Desk Clocks

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Brass

Brussel Mechanical Table Clock in Black Bakelite, 1950s
Located in Esbjerg, DK
Vintage table clock manufactured by PRIM Clocks in the 1950s. Made of black Bakelite, the clock top is adjustable, standing on a brass ball. Original brass details and hands set on a...
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1950s Belgian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Table Clocks and Desk Clocks

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Bakelite

Jaeger LeCoultre Mid Century Lapis Lazuli Mantel Clock
Located in London, GB
A beautiful mid century gold plated eight day timepiece mantel clock made by Jaeger LeCoultre, La Chaux-de-Fons, Switzerland. Mid century clocks make stunning statements in your h...
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Mid-20th Century Swiss Mid-Century Modern Table Clocks and Desk Clocks

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Gold Plate

George Nelson Brass Clock for Howard Miller
Located in Los Angeles, CA
George Nelson for Howard Miller brass clock. A round brass clock on a tri-legged brass pedestal with a thick plexiglass face. The clock has black hour and minute hands and a red seco...
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1950s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Table Clocks and Desk Clocks

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Metal, Brass

Vintage Brass Desk Clock by Nathan George Horwitt for Howard Miller
Located in Brooklyn, NY
A classic of modern design! Nathan George Horwitt's most famous design for Howard Miller (the world renowned clock company launched by Herman Miller's son Howard) is likely the Museu...
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Table Clocks and Desk Clocks

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Brass

EVERBRITE Desk Clock Distressed Leather Modern 1950s Vintage
By Everbrite
Located in National City, CA
Table Clock Vintage Distressed Leather Desk Clock by EVERBRITE USA 1950s Presenting in used condition. Untested Worn Distressed and Unrestored 6.13 W x 4.13 H x 2.5 D Please refer to...
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1950s North American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Table Clocks and Desk Clocks

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Leather

Vintage Traditional Spanish Micrometer Tool, circa 1960
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Vintage Spanish traditional micrometer tool. Used in engineering field to measure thickness of various materials. Manufactured by JBA company in Spain circa 1960. In original c...
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1960s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Table Clocks and Desk Clocks

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Metal

Jaeger LeCoultre, Original Red Atmos Clock, Embassy, 1971
Located in Greven, DE
Jaeger LeCoultre - ATMOS VII red lacquered Switzerland Brass gold plated Year of manufacture 1971 Dimensions: H x W x D: 22 x 17 x 11 cm Description: Rare Atmos VII "Emba...
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1970s Swiss Vintage Mid-Century Modern Table Clocks and Desk Clocks

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Brass

Vintage Tiffany and Co. Square Brass Desk Clock, 1970s
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Handsome 8 day, Swiss jeweled Tiffany and Co. square desk clock in patinated brass with stepped dial frame and two-tiered base. Face pivots between flanking hexagonal columns for adj...
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1970s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Table Clocks and Desk Clocks

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Brass

Jaeger LeCoultre Mid Century Marina Clock Model No. 486
Located in London, GB
Stunning Jaeger LeCoultre mid century Marina eight day clock with a detailed naturalistic design. With a polished gilt brass and lucite case with a white background, this clock is...
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Mid-20th Century Swiss Mid-Century Modern Table Clocks and Desk Clocks

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Brass

Kienzle German Midcentury Table Clock, 1950s
Located in Saint-Amans-des-Cots, FR
German midcentury table clock by Kienzle, Germany, 1950s. Brass and glass. Beveled front glass. 8 days movement. Measures: Height 5.1" (13 cm), width 7.5"(19 cm), depth 1.8"(4.5 cm)....
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1950s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Table Clocks and Desk Clocks

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Brass

1960s Modernism GE Desk Clock Angled Wood Frame Glass Cover New Movement
Located in National City, CA
Clock Mid-Century Modern wood clock with concave glass cover. General Electric Company Retrofitted from original electrical mechanism to new quartz battery operated movement. Mea...
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Table Clocks and Desk Clocks

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Glass, Wood

"Jaeger-Lecoultre Model Marina Clock", Switzerland, 1960s
Located in Rijssen, NL
Jaeger-LeCoultre marina chinoiserie mantel clock. Gilt brass and Lucite with exceptional applied birds and tree details. Measures: Height 6 1/2?, width 8 1/2?, depth 2"'. Conditio...
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1960s Swiss Vintage Mid-Century Modern Table Clocks and Desk Clocks

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Lucite

Italian World Table Clock, Germany, 1950s
Located in Los Angeles, CA
World table clock in brass with lucite base. In great working condition with winding mechanism in the back. The clock without the base is 9" wide and 9" tall. Germany, 1950s.
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Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Table Clocks and Desk Clocks

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Brass

Vintage 1950s Hollywood Regency Brass Wall Clock Mauthe Electric, Germany
Located in Kirchlengern, DE
Article: wall clock Origin: Germany Producer: Mauthe Electric, Germany Age: 1950s Description: This original vintage wall clock was produced in...
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Late 20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Table Clocks and Desk Clocks

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Metal, Brass

Vintage 1960s Modernist Wooden Teak Brass Table Clock by Dugena, Germany
Located in Kirchlengern, DE
Article: Table clock Origin: Germany Producer: Dugena, Germany Age: 1960s This original wooden table clock was produced in the 1960s by the pr...
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Late 20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Table Clocks and Desk Clocks

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Metal

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