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Wafer Clock, Model SK 174

Decorative Arts and Design

MANUFACTURER Ingraham Company
MEDIUM Metal, glass
DATES ca. 1940
DIMENSIONS 7 1/2 x 7 1/8 x 2 3/4 in. (19.1 x 18.1 x 7 cm)  (show scale)
INSCRIPTIONS Inscribed on back in center: "WAFER / MODEL SK 174 / 60 CYCLE 100-125V / 2-3 W / THE E. INGRAHAM CO. / BRISTOL, CONN. / U.S.A."
CREDIT LINE Gift of Eva, Alan, and Louis Brill
CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Round, metal and glass "Wafer" wall clock (Model SK 174). Clock face framed with chrome-plated metal strip with wide, curved edge; convex glass cover set within frame. Off-white metal clock face printed with black numbers and time markers (4 thin parallel lines for the hours; single thin, shorter line for minutes). Center decorated with concentric rings of thin black lines. Three metal hands, from bottom to top: hour hand is a large, black triangle with short arm; minute hand is long narrow rectangular black strip that comes to a point; second hand is long, narrower pointed red strip that terminates in a circle at center. Round frame of clock joined to metal backing at side. Back is off-white, low-domed shape with protruding cylinder in center for housing clockworks; triangular cut-out on back of cylinder for hanging clock and round hole on bottom edge of cylinder (for now missing electric cord?). Thin cylindrical piece with round grooved knob for setting clock extends from bottom edge of frame. CONDITION: Fair; light scratching and spotting all-over chromed frame; scratches and paint flecks on back. Frame coming apart from backing along bottom edge.
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CAPTION Henry Dreyfuss (American, 1904–1972). Wafer Clock, Model SK 174, ca. 1940. Metal, glass, 7 1/2 x 7 1/8 x 2 3/4 in. (19.1 x 18.1 x 7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Eva, Alan, and Louis Brill, 1998.143.5. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.1998.143.5.jpg)
IMAGE overall, CUR.1998.143.5.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2010
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