Model Mania: a look at some of our clocks through the ages

Over the past century we've seen many beloved clock models come and go. Here's a look at a few that have inspired collectors throughout the ages. The Offset Auto Clock

1911 The Offset Auto Clock was featured in the 1911 catalog with 2 3/4" and 3 1/2" dial options for $28 and $30. A similar model, the 3 1/2" Round Auto Clock, was sold to the US Navy as a boat clock prior to 1911. The Admiral

1917 The Admiral series was first seen in the 1917 catalog and was available in three types: "Plain," "Special," or "Special Grand," ranging from 4 1/2" through 12" with varying movements. By 1928 the 10" and 12" models had been discontinued, along with the "Special Grand" dial option. Post-WWII production of the Admiral was limited to the 8 1/2" model which featured a polished case and a Special dial. In 1968 a matching barometer came into production, and nearly 20 years later in 1985 the Admiral was finally retired. To this day the 10" and 12" models are extremely rare and highly desirable among collectors. The Aristocrat

1939 Aptly named the Aristocrat, this stylish combination desk set retailed for $85 in 1939 and stood 4" tall. The Arlington

1971 The Arlington was the first of seven "Boston Electronic Tuning Fork" models introduced in '71 with walnut veneer casing. The clock measured 10.5" high and was priced at $125. The Willard Banjo

1982 The Willard Banjo, which originally appeared in 1911, was reissued as part of the Williamsburg Reproduction Series under license with Colonial Williamsburg. The 43-inch cases were made from fine mahoganies trimmed in rope moulding accentuated with gold leaf. A large eagle stood atop the face, while the throat and lower tablet glass were reverse handpainted in 23 karat gold leaf depicting the Roman goddess Minerva in her horse-drawn Chariot. This exquisite piece was priced at $3,500.

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