These pages are copyrighted No portion of this site may be reproduced in whole or in part without written permission of the author. It is titled The Mastercrafters Story by W. Clarke Eldridge and William F. Pages to About This Page. After doing some research on Mastercrafters, I have found that they made an overwhelming number of different clocks.
Mastercrafters made huge numbers of novelty and decorative clocks, though they don't seem to have ever sold a radio under their name. They did make the non-electronic parts of the Majestic Melody Cruiser ship radio, however. Most Mastercrafters clocks were egregiously ugly and in amazingly poor taste, which is probably why so many were sold. This one is one of their better efforts. The mechanism is unusual. Between two pieces of flat glass is a thin sheet of clear plastic which pivots from a point just behind the "12". A motor driven eccentric wheel in the base causes the plastic sheet to rock back and forth just enough for two pawls attached to the sheet to engage teeth on a tiny drive gear which, in turn, drives the hands.
This was the first motion clock to be made by Mastercrafters. Mastercrafters went into business just after WWII and it was not until that they closed their doors. The original name was Mastercrafters Clock and Radio Company, but by they had abandoned the radio manufacturing business and were full blown into the novelty clock business. So true-to-life that it actually transports you to an exquisite springtime garden where a lovely girl joyously swings beside a rustic gate.
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