Westclox Advertising Dial Clocks

An advertising dial clock has a dial that advertises a product or a company. Some were made by the clock company itself under special order, others were modified from stock clocks by an outside party. Some were made up much later and are fakes.

Nine O'Clock Washing Tea Advertising Clock

The clock shown below is a Western Clock Mfg. Company 4" alarm clock made ca. 1895 - 96.

Front view of Nine O'clock washing tea clock
Back view of Nine O'Clock washing tea clock

Above: the back, showing the wording "PATENTED SEPT. 22. 1885" in two straight lines.

Clock illustrated courtesy of Gary Biolchini.

This clock is earlier than the one below because the patent text on the back is arranged in a straight line. Since the Nine O'Clock Washing Tea clock was made ca. 1895 - 1896, this possibly dates the transition from straight to curved lettering of the patent text to these years.

Nine O'Clock Washing Tea Advertising Clock

The clock shown below is a Western Clock Mfg. Company 4" alarm clock made ca. 1895 - 96. The dial has a metallic gold background, similar to those on the Big Ben and Baby Ben DeLuxe introduced in 1928. The dial opening is 3 15/16", with a 2 1/4" time track (the same size as on the Ironclad).
Front of Nine O'clock Washing Tea advertising clock. Made by Western Clock Mfg. Co. ca. 1895 - 1896
Angle view of Nine O'clock Washing Tea advertising clock. Made by Western Clock Mfg. Co. ca. 1895 - 1896
Gold background dial of Nine O'clock Washing Tea advertising clock.
The dial is smoothly cut out, and the hands have delicate tips (same as those on my 1905 Ironclad alarm clock). The dial has been solder tacked to the case in three spots at the bottom. The soldering is not original, and was probably done to facilitate installing the bezel and glass.

The legs may not be original.

Back of Nine O'clock Washing Tea advertising clock showing the Sept. 22, 1885 patent.
The back, showing the wording "PAT. SEPT 22. 85", "OTHER PAT. APPLD. FOR" with the first line in an arc.

Clock illustrated courtesy of Howard Banta and Phil Haltigan.

Information about Nine O'Clock Washing - Tea

In a history written by Westclox, the entry for 1895 - 1896 includes:

"WESTERN CLOCK COMPANY RECEIVED LARGEST CLOCK ORDER TO DATE. . . 50,000 units.

Clock order was received from Mr. Williams, manufacturer of "Nine O'Clock" washing powder....

The letters - NINE O'CLOCK TEA - used on the dial instead of numbers, signifying advertising of washing powder designed to have clothes washed and on the line in time for house-wives to have their tea at 9 A.M.

To meet schedule, the entire force worked until 9 P.M. daily."

Below: Letter and Envelope From W. M. Williams, Manufacturer of Nine O'clock Washing Tea, Dated April 24, 1900
Letter from W. M. Williams of Indianapolis to Jos. Boyd of Cincinnati about the delivery of Nine O'clock Washing Tea.
Logo for Nine O'clock Washing Tea. Runb no more. Use hard or soft water. Not a soap. Not a soap powder. When the hour hand points to nine - have your washing on the line. Manufactured by W. M. Williams, Indianapolis, Ind. USA.
Envelope from W. M. Williams to Jos. Boyd, Cincinnati, general delivery.
Cancellation on back of envelope, Gen. Delivery, Cinc. O. Arp 24 8 PM 1900.
A trade card advertising Nine O'Clock Washing-Tea.
A trade card advertising Nine O'Clock Washing-Tea.
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