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Lux Clock Manufacturer started business in the 1910s and manufactured a number of clocks for the home and also made timers. This piece is interesting, because it is shaped more like a clock and even has a place for it to be hung on the wall, but this is a Minute Minder timer.

This metal piece is 5 inches high, 4.25 inches wide and 2.5 inches deep. It weighs around 2 pounds. I'm estimating its vintage to be 1920's to 1930's, based upon the styling of Lux clocks from that era.

This piece is so large and heavy that it makes me suspect that it might have been put to a more industrial or technical type of use, such as a darkroom timer. In any case, it is worn and aged and is industrial-cool. There is some verdigris on the metal body, and there is some spotting and soiling around the dial. The back shows scratching and wear. The face itself still has the plastic covering over it, but it does move back and forth a bit within the frame if you move the piece from side to side. (I would use some masking tape to secure the face of the piece when shipping it.)

This piece still works! I set it for 10 minutes and checked my digital clock to see how well it worked. It has a nice tick, and when the bell went off (it sounds like an old telephone ringer,) I checked the digital time and the old timer was spot-on. They don't make 'em like this anymore.

Lux Minute Minder 60 minute timer - Est. 1920s - 30s vintage - Metal - Industrial - Steampunk - Still works


  • Vintage item from the 1920s
  • Material: metal
  • Only ships within United States.
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