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On View: Luce Visible Storage and Study Center, 5th Floor
MEDIUM Wood, metal
  • Place Manufactured: Zeeland, Michigan, United States
  • DATES ca. 1933
    DIMENSIONS 5 1/4 x 4 3/4 x 3 in. (13.3 x 12.1 x 7.6 cm)  (show scale)
    MARKINGS Printed in black on clock face: "HERMAN [his logo -- HM in circle] MILLER / HERMAN MILLER CLOCK CO. ZEELAND. MICH. U.S.A." On back of clock, raised letters on metal backing: "MANUFACTURED UNDER PATS. / NO. 1,719,805-1, 797,912 / RE. 17,779 OTHERS PEND. / MADE IN U.S.A."
    ACCESSION NUMBER 1999.141.3
    CREDIT LINE Gift of Paul F. Walter
    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Square, wooden electric alarm clock with integral face / case unit set with rounded metal studs for hour markers and two metal hands. Casing unit has rounded corners and front edge; it is tipped back slightly and stands on a small wedge-shaped base of painted black wood with rounded front edge. Hour markers set into face in a circle; hour hand is an elongated triangle terminating in a rounded side at center; minute hand is a narrow, rectangle with a short tail; pin that holds hands in place has red paint flecks. Back of clock has a circular metal plate and frame set into wooden casing unit and attached with screws. There are four dials and knobs and inscribed instructions for setting clock; cord extends from lower part of back plate. CONDITION: Fair; some scratches and small gouges in wooden casing unit; scratches all over front of base; losses to red paint covering pin that holds hands; rounded studs for hours markers are tarnished or dirty; metal plate at back has many scratches.
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Luce Visible Storage and Study Center, 5th Floor
    CAPTION Gilbert Rohde (American, 1894–1944). Clock, ca. 1933. Wood, metal, 5 1/4 x 4 3/4 x 3 in. (13.3 x 12.1 x 7.6 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Paul F. Walter, 1999.141.3. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.1999.141.3.jpg)
    IMAGE overall, CUR.1999.141.3.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2010
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