Friday, September 14, 2007

German 'Rolling Eyes' Clocks


The Watchismo Times has a great feature on the J Oswald Company's "Rolling Eye Clocks," novelty timepieces in which the eyes of a sculptural head rotated around to display the time.

Rolling eye clocks - first patented in 1926 by the J. Oswald Company of Germany with early models carved of wood and cast from metal after World War II.

The dials are represented as the eyes separating the hours on the left and minutes to the right. This collection of cross-eyed genies, skulls, monkeys, gnomes, owls, and dogs (LOTS of dogs) are an interesting cast of antique novelty clocks.

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2 Comments:

Blogger laura said...

Interesting. The dog clock is cute. The others are just kinda creepy to me. I wouldn't want one of them in my home!

7:29 AM  
Blogger Basil Fawlty said...

It's just interesting that enough people feel stuff like this is worth producing.

6:18 AM  

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