Sessions electric table clock, model 3W

Sessions 3W electric table clock
Sessions 3W electric table clock

Though my collection consists of mechanical clocks exclusively, now there is an exception, a vintage Sessions electric table clock, model 3W, made, of course, by the Sessions Clock Co. Forestville, Connecticut in 1934 and sold in Canada (there is a Canadian Standards Approval sticker on the back).

Also on the back it states that it consumes 2.5 watts, I guess they couldn’t call it model 2.5! It was probably a very affordable clock in its day and available almost anywhere.

At 4 1/2 inches tall and 8 1/4 inches wide it would fit on any countertop, bedside table, bookcase etc.. It is time-only with Arabic dial and a sweep second hand. There is only one control in the rear, a push-and-twist-in knob that sets the time.

Back of clock showing patent dates, CSA decal, adjustment knob and cord
Back of clock showing patent dates, CSA decal, adjustment knob and cord

It arrived with a prong missing from the plug, a detached minute hand and a finish that is almost completely worn off but the convex glass, face, brass bezel and motor are all in very good condition.

Finish almost completely gone
Finish almost completely gone

I bought a new plug at the local hardware store, installed it, sprayed the motor with De-oxIT electrical contact cleaner and plugged it in (the cord is in excellent condition). It keeps perfect time and it should since it has a synchronous motor that operates at 60 cycles which means the rotation of the shaft is synchronized with the frequency of the supply current, exactly equal to 60 cycles.

I am not sure if this clock is self-starting after a power failure. Unplugging it will tell me. And it is!

I decided to refinish the case since the dial looks so good and the clock runs well, but I’ll cover that in another post.

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