The American Kitchen clock is distinctively characterized by its ornate wooden case design. Also known as a Kitchen Clock or Gingerbread Clock, they were very popular in the late 19th and early 20th centuries due to their affordability, which was made possible from mass production.
They are primarily distinguished by their ornate wooden cases that represented the American Victorian time period – the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
They were nicknamed gingerbread clocks for their likeness to designs of gingerbread houses. Although they may be thought as hand carved, due to the artistic patterns in the wood, these Gingerbread Clock cases were actually mass-produced with quick-saws and heavy steel presses to press-in the designs into the wooden cases.
They were also known as Kitchen Clocks because owners typically kept them in the kitchen due to their easy placement on a shelf (they typically were never hung) and they came with second alarm mechanism – which, at the time was an innovation.
They were made of oak or walnut, with a metal clock-face. The glass is reverse-painted.
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1927 Sears, Roebuck and Company Catalog No 124