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"Big Ben" Alarm Clock with Original Box

Designer:
Henry Dreyfuss (American, New York 1904–1972 South Pasedena, California)
Manufacturer:
Westclox Company, Division of General Time Instruments Corp. (La Salle, Illinois)
Date:
1938
Medium:
Metal, chrome-plated metal, enamel, printed cardboard
Dimensions:
Clock: H. 5-3/4, W. 5-1/8, D. 3 inches (14.6 x 13 x 7.6 cm) Box: H. 4, W. 6-1/8, D. 6-1/2 inches (10.2 x 15.6 16.5 cm)
Classification:
Horology
Credit Line:
John C. Waddell Collection, Gift of John C. Waddell, 2002
Accession Number:
2002.585.1a, b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 912
Marking: Face printed in black: LOUD ALARM / WESTCLOX / BIG BEN / MADE BY WESTCLOX LA SALLE ILL USA
John C. Waddell, New York (by 1997–2002; his gift to MMA)

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "American Modern, 1925–1940: Design for a New Age," May 16, 2000–January 7, extended to February 4, 2001, unnumbered cat. (p. 165; lent by John C. Waddell, Promised Gift of John C. Waddell).

Newport Beach, Calif. Orange County Museum of Art. "American Modern, 1925–1940: Design for a New Age," May 25–August 19, 2001, unnumbered cat.

Flint, Mich. Flint Institute of Arts. "American Modern, 1925–1940: Design for a New Age," September 14–December 16, 2001, unnumbered cat.

Philadelphia. Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. "American Modern, 1925–1940: Design for a New Age," January 11–April 7, 2002, unnumbered cat.

Charlotte, N. C. Mint Museum of Craft and Design. "American Modern, 1925–1940: Design for a New Age," May 3–July 28, 2002, unnumbered cat.

Tulsa, Okla. Philbrook Museum of Art. "American Modern, 1925–1940: Design for a New Age," August 23–November 17, 2002, unnumbered cat.

Gilbert Seldes. 10 Years of Industrial Design: Henry Dreyfuss, 1929–1939, New York. New York, 1939, unpaginated, ill.

Gilbert Seldes. A Record of Industrial Designs by Henry Dreyfuss, 1929 through 1946. New York, [1946], unpaginated, ill.

Russell Flinchum. Henry Dreyfuss, Industrial Designer: The Man in the Brown Suit. New York, 1997, pp. 72–73, ill. and ill. front and back covers (front and back views, both color).

Jeffrey L. Meikle. Twentieth Century Limited: Industrial Design in America, 1925–1939. 2nd rev. ed. (1st ed., 1979). Philadelphia, 2001, pp. 88–89, 221 n. 16, fig. 55.



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