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Some of the most stylish Art Deco clock designs were made in Bakelite and these are becoming more and more desirable as collectors' items today.
Some of the best quality clocks were made by Jaz in France, and I saw
one in great condition go for over $700 the other day! They made a
range of beautiful timepieces in various colours and chic designs.
Other well-known makers include Telechron of Massachusets, USA – also known for the quality of their movements, and Smiths based in England.
Smiths made a huge range of clocks in coloured plastics right through until the 1950s. You often see their electric wall clocks, which come in all sizes up to large ones for station waiting rooms, or restaurants. These can be quite expensive now if they are in good condition, but are very beautiful.
Elco, based in the UK, also made some wonderful Art Deco styled clocks in the Odeonesque shape. This refers to the architecture of the Odeon cinemas whose style was copied in many interior decor designs.
With the takeover of the Bakelite patent by the Catalin Company in 1929 a whole new range of colours became available.
Marbled greens, yellows, oranges, reds and blues were available for a vast range of household objects including radios.
Novelty clocks in these great colours were made in Catalin with pencil sharpeners incorporated, and whole matching desk sets and accessories. The quality of this Catalin was excellent and has lasted really well into the present day. It is beautifully solid, shiny and smooth, a fabulous tactile addition to any desk, bedroom or study.Decolish Home > Bakelite > Bakelite Clocks
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