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Night Clock
1851-78
Ansonia Clock Co.
USA: Connecticut, Ansonia
Glass, silver plated metal
open: 5"h x 4-1/2"w x 8-3/4"d
Gift of Mrs. Willis R. Michael
82.53.11

Night clock; milk glass dial plate mounted in silver-plated horseshoe-shaped frame; dial plate illuminated from rear by candle; candle mount bracket marked "A.B.C."; watch movement, key wind.


To help people know the time at night, many clocks chimed every hour, half hour or 15 minutes. Inventive companies, however, came up with other ways to tell time in the dark. Designers crafted this clock to fit over a gas flame. Lit from behind, the dark numbers and hands on the clock’s opaque glass face could be seen after the sun went down.