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Lot of 4 vintage table clocks (Blessing, Mauthe, Prim & Ruhla)

Lot of 4 vintage table clocks (Blessing, Mauthe, Prim & Ruhla)

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Lot of 4 vintage table clocks made in Germany (Blessing, Mauthe, & Ruhla) and Czechoslovakia (Prim).  All are in full working order. Each of them need to be manually winded once a day to operate.

Blessing: made in Germany in the 1950s, this mechanical alarm clock features Art Deco elements (hour marks, clock hands, clock base) and also the International Style aesthetics. Kept in very good vintage condition.

Mauthe: made in Germany in the 1940s, this is an Art Deco mechanical alarm clock. The case, in beige, is in sharp contrast to the black dial. At the top and in the lower area, the golden accents complete the sober and elegant image of this clock. Although is kept in a good overall condition, there are some very discrete scratches on the glass; also the phosphorus on the hour and minute hands of the clock have some minor defects.

Prim: made in Czechoslovakia in the 1970s, this is a metal case mechanical alarm clock. Kept in very good condition, this item is characterized by a minimalist, beautiful, modern look.

Ruhla: made in Germany in the 1970s, this mechanical alarm clock features a bright orange plastic case and a black dial with bold, prominent, hour marks. A beautiful and highly collectible table clock, featuring an Atomic/Space Era aesthetics.

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Design Period

1940-1949, 1950-1959, 1970-1979

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Very Good. This vintage item has no defects, but it may show slight traces of use

Restoration, Damages

Wear consistent with age and use


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190 g (Ruhla), 210 g (Blessing), 265 g (Mauthe), 310 g (Prim)


10 x 8,5 x 5,5 cm (Mauthe), 12 x 10 x 6,5 (Prim), 9 x 8 x 4 (Blessing), 9 x 9 x 7 cm (Ruhla)

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A clock is an instrument to measure, keep, and indicate time. The word is derived (via Dutch, Northern French, and Medieval Latin) from the Celtic words clagan and clocca meaning “bell”. A silent instrument missing such a striking mechanism has traditionally been known as a timepiece. In general usage today a “clock” refers to any device for measuring and displaying the time. Watches and other timepieces that can be carried on one’s person are often distinguished from clocks.

The clock is one of the oldest human inventions, meeting the need to consistently measure intervals of time shorter than the natural units: the day, the lunar month, and the year. Devices operating on several physical processes have been used over the millennia. A sundial shows the time by displaying the position of a shadow on a flat surface. There is a range of duration timers, a well-known example being the hourglass. Water clocks, along with the sundials, are possibly the oldest time-measuring instruments. A major advance occurred with the invention of the verge escapement, which made possible the first mechanical clocks around 1300 in Europe, which kept time with oscillating timekeepers like balance wheels. Spring-driven ones appeared during the 15th century. During the 15th and 16th centuries, clockmaking flourished. The next development in accuracy occurred after 1656 with the invention of the pendulum clock. A major stimulus to improving the accuracy and reliability of them was the importance of precise time-keeping for navigation. The electric clock was patented in 1840. The development of electronics in the 20th century led to clocks with no clockwork parts at all.

The timekeeping element in every modern clock is a harmonic oscillator, a physical object (resonator) that vibrates or oscillates at a particular frequency. This object can be a pendulum, a tuning fork, a quartz crystal, or the vibration of electrons in atoms as they emit microwaves. Analog ones usually indicate time using angles. Digital clocks display a numeric representation of time. Two numeric display formats are commonly used on digital clocks: 24-hour notation and 12-hour notation. Most digital clocks use electronic mechanisms and LCD, LED, or VFD displays. For convenience, distance, telephony or blindness, auditory clocks present the time as sounds. There are also clocks for the blind that have displays that can be read by using the sense of touch. Some of these are similar to normal analog displays, but are constructed so the hands can be felt without damaging them. The evolution of the technology of clocks continues today. The study of timekeeping is known as horology.

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