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Here's a hip little table clock that's a bit of a tech wonder for its time.

A combination of genius and a light bulb inside this clock project the time on the ceiling in flip-clock style digits. That little lens on the top is the projection port. I've put a new light bulb inside this (easily done) and it actually works - much easier to read in person than the image #5 makes it seem. You can turn the light inside the clock off if you like too, so it doesn't project the time unless you want it to.

I really like the copper hands which are curved back away from the viewer. The hour markers are screened in white on a Lucite panel that protects the curved copper hands. The face of the clock behind the hands is solid black and three-dimensional, receding in steps behind the hands. It was difficult to photograph the deep black background properly because the Lucite panel caught reflections from the photo lamps and natural light.

The sides are solid wood 3/16" thick and gold anodized aluminum. The sculptural (and uber cool) curved hour, minute and second hands are copper. Three controls on the back let you manage the light, the alarm on-off, and the alarm/time setting.

This model clock is named "High Time II" (very punny, considering) manufactured in the 1960s by Brown & Bigelow. Stancraft also made projection clocks, but not this model.

The replacement bulb is a clear Sylvania C-7, easily found at hardware and grocery stores.

The clock measures 6-1/4"H x 5-3/8"W x 3"D. It's in very nice vintage condition. though there is a scratch on the one wood panel. I imagined using a brown crayon on it, but took a nap till the impulse passed. That's for the new owner to decide. The clock sometimes makes an agreeable wonky gear-turning sound plugged in though it's rather vague most of the time. Condition is reflected in the price.

You can learn more about the clock and its cousins at http://www.roger-russell.com/project/project.htm

Or invite this one to stay at your house, and get to know her personally. :)

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Midcentury Modern Ceiling Projection Table Clock. Desk or Mantle clock. 1960s decor.


  • Vintage item from the 1960s
  • Materials: wood, metal, electrical cord, clock movement, copper
  • Only ships within United States.
  • Feedback: 153 reviews
  • Favorited by: 15 people