Seth Thomas "Baby Ben" Alarm Clocks

Introduction

Seth Thomas sold some alarm clocks with a Westclox Baby Ben alarm clock movement. The movement is in a round metal case similar to that of a style 4 Baby Ben without the base. The movement in its metal case is pressed into a wood, leather or Catalin plastic case and secured from the back by a split retaining ring or brackets held by screws. They were made from the 1930's through the early 1950's. The dial's diameter is 2 5/16 inches.

Examples

Wood cased alarm

NAP

wood cased alarm clock by Seth Thomas. Says "Made In U.S.A." at the bottom of the dial. The movement is dated May 5, 1939. Illustrated in the Seth Thomas August 1941 catalog.
back view
Back of the Nap.
Wood cased alarm clock by Seth Thomas.

Deft-1

wood cased alarm clock by Seth Thomas. Luminous dial and hands. Says "Made In U.S.A." at the bottom of the dial. The movement is dated December 15, 1938 (or may be 1939, date stamping is partly off the edge). Illustrated in the Seth Thomas August 1941 catalog.
Wood cased alarm clock by Seth Thomas.

Deft-2

wood cased alarm clock by Seth Thomas. Says "Made In U.S.A." at the bottom of the dial. The movement is dated October 13, 1938 (or may be 1939, date stamping is partly off the edge). Illustrated in the Seth Thomas August 1941 catalog.
Deft 3 by Seth Thomas. Made in 1947. Wood case.

Deft 3

by Seth Thomas. Says "Made In U.S.A." at the bottom of the dial. Wood case. Dated April 1947 on the movement. 3 3/4 inches tall, 4 3/8 inches wide.

[Other examples: 12 45 luminous dial, brass color back; 4 48 non-luminous dial, brown back; 12 50 luminous dial, brown back]

Back view of Deft 3 showing same key and knob aerangement as the Westclox Baby Ben.
Back of the Deft 3
Deft 4 by Seth Thomas dated April 8, 1950. Leather case.

Deft 4

by Seth Thomas dated April 8, 1950. Says "Made In U.S.A." at the bottom of the dial. Leather covered case.
Seth Thomas Cort "Baby Ben"

Cort

wood cased alarm clock by Seth Thomas. Says "Made In U.S.A." at the bottom of the dial. The movement is dated December 1951. Photos courtesy of Jim Thompson.
Seth Thomas Cort back view
Back of the Cort
Seth Thomas Cort side view
Side view of the Cort
Bottom view of Seth Thomas Cost, showing the label
Label on the bottom of the Cort
Severn alarm clock by Seth Thomas.

Severn

alarm clock by Seth Thomas. Says "Made In U.S.A." at the bottom of the dial. Wood case with brass trim.
Bottom of Severn showing label.
Nameplate on the bottom of the Severn
Catalin plastic cased alarm clock by Seth Thomas.

Catalin plastic cased alarm clock

by Seth Thomas. Says “Made In U.S.A.” at the bottom of the dial. The color of the plastic is not pure black, it has some faint yellowish streaks in it. Dated December 1946 on the movement.
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