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.
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.
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.