Tick Tock – Meet Charming Vintage Clocks

Aug 21, 2009 by

In my treasuring hunting adventures, I’m always delighted to meet the acquaintance of vintage clocks.  I wind each clock and put it against my ear, hoping to hear that familiarly comforting tick and tock.  A surprising number of vintage wind-up clocks still work brilliantly today, which is a testament to their enduring quality and engineering.   Shall we take a peek at a few of the nostalgic time-keeping treasures that have come across my path?  I’d love to hear about the vintage clocks in your home too!

westlclox-travel clock

I took this photo to send a subliminal message to my husband: time to travel!

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Don’t you think this German “Oldtimer” was simply begging to be with an antique library card catalog?

vintage orange westclox baby ben

Even vintage Baby Ben clocks could not resist the grooviness of the 1970s!

westclox baby ben

Mid-century type found a happy companion in the face of a Baby Ben.

westclox baby ben and big ben

Can we say sibling rivalry?

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18 Comments

  1. i love theses! you’ve done such a lovely job. i definitely have to keep my eyes peeled for a vintage clock of my own!

  2. i just love the first one and the subliminal message. you have a wonderful collection. enjoy your weekend!

  3. I agree with Cindy- the first one is stellar! love them all- my husband has a thing for vintage clocks- most don’t work anymore. I should photograph them…

  4. These are all lovely! We went on a clock hunting expedition a couple weeks ago and came home with two great finds.

  5. love ‘em, clocks are always classic

  6. shellbell

    I have these vintage clocks everywhere in my home…most of which DO NOT work…I cut electric cords off the back of ones that are electrified…I set the clocks to important times in my life…the time my kids were born…the time I got married…the time I was born…my husband…they get attention from everyone that enters!!

  7. Hey Miss Grace,

    So…where might you be travelling!? My “vintage” clock is actually my very first wrist watch, a “Cinderella” watch that I received when I was about six years old. ‘Must be a Timex body ‘cuz it keeps on ticking!

    Stunning photos, as usual.

    Ciao bella,
    Suzanne

  8. i want a vintage clock now! even if it doesn’t work, i love the look…

  9. Oh, I love these photos. I just bought my first vintage clock at a thrift store the other day. It’s not nearly as beautiful as these, but I love it because it has a rotating dial with more than 50 cities around the world and the seconds hand has a little red plane on it. And since the worker didn’t know if it worked, I got it for a bargain, under $4!

  10. Ooh. I love these. I used to have a Big Ben when I was little. Loud!

  11. Oh wow! I am so impressed by your beautiful site! Can’t wait to stay and read more.
    xoxo
    Agnes

  12. So not really on the same topic as your post, but I found this today and I just can’t resist sharing. Mrs. Agathe’s dishwasher quit working so she called a repairman. Since she had to go to work the next day, she told him, “I’ll leave the key under the mat. Fix the dishwasher, leave the bill on the counter, and I’ll mail you the check. Oh, and by the way…don’t worry about my Doberman. He won’t bother you. But, whatever you do, do NOT under ANY circumstances talk to my parrot!” When the repairman arrived at Mrs. Agathe’s apartment the next day, he discovered the biggest and meanest looking Doberman he had ever seen. But just as she had said, the dog simply laid there on the carpet, watching the repairman go about his business. However, the whole time the parrot drove him nuts with his incessant cursing, yelling and name-calling. Finally the repairman couldn’t contain himself any longer and yelled, “Shut up, you stupid ugly bird!” To which the parrot replied, “Get him, Spike!”

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  17. I cut electric cords off the back of ones that are electrified…I set the clocks to important times in my life…the time my kids were born

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