Westclox Baby Ben Style 4

Westclox Baby Ben Style 4

Date Summary:

1934 - 1939

Characteristics:

The base has two convex curves (one on each side).

Style Information:

Ivory case with white plain dial or brown-banded luminous dial

Gun metal case with white plain dial or black luminous dial

In 1936 the dials were changed from "Made by Western Clock Co". to "Made by Westclox"

There are 4 Models of Westclox Baby Ben Style 4 in the database

Westclox Baby Ben Style 4 Gun Metal Luminous
Gun metal (black) style 4 Baby Ben alarm clock with nickel trim. Luminous dial
Dates made: December 1934 - 1939
Westclox Baby Ben Style 4 Gun Metal Plain
Gun metal (black) style 4 Baby Ben alarm clock with nickel trim. Non-luminous dial
Dates made: December 1934 - 1939
Westclox Baby Ben Style 4 Ivory Luminous
Ivory style 4 Baby Ben alarm clock with brass trim. Luminous dial
Dates made: December 1934 - 1939
Westclox Baby Ben Style 4 Ivory Plain
Ivory style 4 Baby Ben alarm clock with brass trim. Non-luminous dial
Dates made: December 1934 - 1939

History

The style 4 Baby Ben case is a modification of the style 3. There is no matting ring between the dial and the glass, and the base has two convex curves (one on each side) instead of four concave curves. The glass is convex.

Baby Ben style 4 was introduced in 1934 and came in two case colors. The ivory case with brass trim has a white non-luminous dial with black figures, or a brown-banded luminous dial. The black (actually called gunmetal, a grayish metallic paint) case with nickel trim has a white non-luminous dial with black figures, or a solid black luminous dial. The alarm winding key is lower on the back than on style 3, and there is a sliding cover on the regulator slot (also used on styles 5 – 8).

In late 1936, the company name was changed from “Western Clock Company” to “Westclox Division of General Time Instruments Corporation.” In late 1936 or early 1937, the lettering at the bottom of the dial changed from "MADE BY WESTERN CLOCK CO. LA SALLE, ILL. U.S.A” to "MADE BY WESTCLOX, LA SALLE, ILL., U.S.A.” Style 4 Baby Ben was discontinued in 1939.

Differentiating Style 4 Dials from Style 5 Dials

Style 4 Dial:

Style 5 Dial:

See History of the this style series (Westclox Baby Ben)


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