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The Golden Hour Clock

I have been asked a few times about the clock that I use as a prop in some of my pictures. You can see it here:IMG_0567and here:DSC_0003(11)

This unusual Art Deco looking clock is called a Golden Hour clock and was made by the Jefferson Electric company from the 1930’s-80’s. These clocks were marketed as Mystery Clocks because they have no visible workings.  Essentially, they are powered by an electric motor in the base; the minute hand uses friction to move on the crystal face and the hour hand has a weight behind it.  The rim and dial were once painted with radioactive paint so that they would glow in the dark although ours doesn’t.   I love the design as it is both elegant and retro-looking.  My clock dates from the 1950’s and keeps very good time although we have had it repaired once. It was in my mother-in-law’s living room for 40 years and is now in ours.

jeff myst clock g 347

This picture is from the owner’s manual:catalogue for clock

There are also a few funny print ads for the clock that show people looking at each other through the clock.  The clock was sold in the $20 range in the 50’s but is now worth a bit more because of the interest in mid-century modern design.
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16 thoughts on “The Golden Hour Clock

  1. I have one given to me upon my father’s death. I keep it locked away because it looks so fragile 🙂 I do enjoy seeing yours.

  2. What a neat clock! I had never heard of them before, but it’s so cool to not see any of the parts!

    The lack of numbers would get me though.. I have a watch without numbers and it takes awhile to tell time sometimes 😉

  3. What an unusual clock. I’d never heard of these before. Wish we could buy such an accurate clock these days! Thank you for sharing at What We Accomplished Wednesdays. Have a lovely week! ~Deborah

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