“LUX” ART DECO CLOCK
ANTIQUE ITEM: AN IMPORTANT AMERICAN ART DECO CLOCK, LUX CLOCK MFG CO :
A small American table-top wind up clock with a dark old gold face of a rectangular shape with chamfered corners.
THE LUX CLOCK MFG CO WATERBURY CONN., USA
The outer case is moulded in amber coloured acrylic, and is then inlaid with Xylonite in a geometric pattern in a figured pale golden yellow resembling finely figured satinwood, over a brown ground, and the clock stands with a strut at the back.
The design of the case is a brilliant example of art deco design. It is cohesive as a whole, and yet it is asymetrical.
The importance of this clock is historical. It is an early example of use of Xylonite, and oddly (and equally rarely), it has withstood the test of time. The word Xylonite is derived from the Greek word ‘xylon’ meaning ‘ wood’.
Xylonite was generally considered the first thermoplastic. It was first created as Parkesine in 1856 and as Xylonite in 1869, before being registered as Celluloid in 1870.
The face of the clock is also rendered in an amber color, and is fielded for an additional sophistication.
All of this makes this clock not only an attractive piece in its own right, but also a hugely significant historical archive. Worthy of a place in a museum!
Model code: ANT MI LotCL-6 F21
Dimensions: 10 x 12.5cm H
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