Sentinel Wafer Electric Clock, 1940

Summary

Henry Dreyfuss is remembered for his telephone designs for A.T. & T. This clock, though, is a seminal object in his career. Created at roughly the same time as his early telephones, it marks his maturing as a designer in terms of simple, approachable form. It foreshadows his later design for the ubiquitous Honeywell round thermostat of 1953.

Henry Dreyfuss is remembered for his telephone designs for A.T. & T. This clock, though, is a seminal object in his career. Created at roughly the same time as his early telephones, it marks his maturing as a designer in terms of simple, approachable form. It foreshadows his later design for the ubiquitous Honeywell round thermostat of 1953.

Artifact

Clock

Date Made

1940

Creators

Dreyfuss, Henry, 1904-1972 

E. Ingraham Co. 

Henry Dreyfuss Associates 

Place of Creation

United States, Connecticut, Bristol 

Creator Notes

Designed by Henry Dreyfuss and manufactured by the E. Ingraham Co. in Bristol, Connecticut.

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

Object ID

2009.65.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Metal
Glass (material)
Plastic
Paint (Coating)

Color

Black (Color)
Cream (Color)
Gray (Color)
Red
White (Color)

Dimensions

Diameter: 7 in

Thickness: 2.75 in

Inscriptions

On face: SENTINEL/ WAFER Printed on dial: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Printed along bottom of face: THE E. INGRAHAM CO. BRISTOL, CONN. U.S.A. Imprinted on back: WAFER/ MODEL SK-174/ 60 CY [obscured by tape residue]/ E. INGRAHAM CO./ BRISTOL, CONN./ USA [partially obscured by tape residue]

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