Electric clocks are quite common these days. The predecessor of the modern electronic clocks date back all the way to the mid-1800s with their conception being courtesy of an Edinburgh clockmaker. The conception did not gain much traction until the last quarter of the 19th century when the development of electricity was at its peak. At this time, the clock could tap from a reliable source of energy.
Several developments in the clock came in the dawn of the 20th century, and it is safe to say that the electric clock aged gracefully. Being a standard figure during the art deco movement, it is now among the most sought after antique items.
The design of the Antique Electric Clock
A characteristic feature of antique electric clocks is that they make use of electricity, often through the use of a battery. This key aspect is unusual for most antique items as they electricity became more widespread at a later date. Simplicity is often a key aspect in most of them utilising a kind of minimalistic design in the decorations. The arms were also simple the same to the face. The face feature colours such as white, cream, or a light tune of grey. Metallic faces might have that aged look featuring rustic hue.
The Art Deco era
During the art deco era, which appeared in France before the First World War, the electric clock was among the beneficiary of the visual art movement. During this time, it was still a new invention and picking up against its predecessor, the mechanical clock. During the movement, various artistic impressions improved the aesthetic value of the clocks.
Where to buy?
Though many have been manufactured ever since their conception, few meet the tag of antique. It is mostly due to the age limitation when considering an item antique which locks most of them out as most came out in the mid to late 20th century.
The good thing is that we sometimes find hidden gems that are in an exceptional good condition. Such as this Bulle electric mantle clock. View this page for a full overview of antique electric clocks.
Maintenance of antique electric clocks
Considering it is electric, you need to have a proper maintenance schedule to have the clock running perfectly. First, you need to be sure that it is in working condition. Maybe needless to say, but make sure if it’s battery powered, that the battery is not flat. If it is still not working it may be best to get in touch with us and we can have a look at why your clock is not working properly as an electric clock contains of many pieces that are usually not easily repairable by an untrained person.
The antique clock is a suitable addition to your living space, more so if you want it to have a nostalgic feeling while still utilising modern technique. The ones from the French art movement have a keen aesthetic presence and are a good starting point if you are looking for one.