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Mid-Century Modern Carriage Clocks and Travel Clocks

Organically-shaped, clean-lined and elegantly simple are three terms that well describe mid-century modern American furniture. The style, which emerged primarily in the years following World War II, is characterized by pieces that were conceived and made in an energetic, optimistic spirit by creators who believed that good design was an essential part of good living.

Postwar American architects and designers were animated by new ideas and new technology. The lean, functionalist “International Style” architecture of Le Corbusier and Bauhaus eminences such as Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Walter Gropius had been promoted in the United States during the ’30s by Philip Johnson and others. New building techniques, such as “post-and-beam” construction, allowed the International-style schemes to be realized on a small scale, in open-plan houses with long walls of glass.

Materials developed for wartime use became available for domestic goods and were incorporated into mid-century modern furniture designs. Charles and Ray Eames and Eero Saarinen, who had experimented extensively with molded plywood, eagerly embraced fiberglass for, respectively, pieces such as the La Chaise and the Womb chair. George Nelson and his design team created Bubble lamp shades using a new translucent polymer skin. Harry Bertoia and Isamu Noguchi devised chairs and tables built of wire mesh and wire struts. Materials were re-purposed: the Danish-born designer Jens Risom created a line of chairs that used surplus parachute straps for webbed seats and backrests.

As the demand for casual, uncluttered furnishings grew, more mid-century designers caught the spirit.

Classically-oriented creators such as Edward Wormley, house designer for Dunbar Inc., offered such pieces as the sinuous Listen to Me chaise; the British expatriate T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings switched gears, creating items such as the tiered, biomorphic Mesa table. There were Young Turks such as Paul McCobb — who designed holistic groups of sleek, blonde-wood furniture — and Milo Baughman, who espoused a West Coast aesthetic in lushly upholstered chairs and sofas with angular steel frames.

As the collection of vintage mid-century modern American furniture on 1stDibs demonstrates, this period saw one of the most delightful and dramatic flowerings of creativity in design history.

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Travel Alarm Clock "Europe", 1950s
Located in Wien, AT
Travel alarm clock "Europe", 1950s Excellent original condition Brass with a black faux leather cover Still working On the face of the it states that it has two jewels. Measures...
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1950s Austrian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Carriage Clocks and Travel Clocks

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Brass

Fontana Arte Midcentury Italian Crystal Glass Table Clock for Mercedes, 1950s
Located in Roma, IT
Amazing midcentury crystal glass table clock. This fantastic piece was designed by Fontana Arte for Mercedes during the 1950s in Italy. This amazing desk clock has an irregular fa...
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Mid-20th Century Swiss Mid-Century Modern Carriage Clocks and Travel Clocks

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Crystal, Metal

Travel Alarm Clock "Europe", 1950s
Located in Wien, AT
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1950s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Carriage Clocks and Travel Clocks

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Brass, Faux Leather, Glass

Travel Alarm Clock "Europe", 1950s
Located in Wien, AT
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1950s Austrian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Carriage Clocks and Travel Clocks

Materials

Brass, Faux Leather

Travel Alarm Clock "Europe", 1950s
Located in Wien, AT
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1950s Austrian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Carriage Clocks and Travel Clocks

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Brass, Faux Leather

Midcentury Swiza 8 Day Swiss Chromed Steel Table Clock with Alarm Clock, 1960s
Located in Roma, IT
Very elegant Midcentury Swiza with 8-day movement and 1960s alarm clock. This amazing piece was designed in Switzerland during the 1960s. This wonderful heavy chrome cylinder-sha...
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Mid-20th Century Swiss Mid-Century Modern Carriage Clocks and Travel Clocks

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Metal

Gucci Vintage 8-Day Blue Lapis Travel Clock
Located in New York, NY
Gucci 8-day travel clock. Clock has a blue lapis enamel insert. Nicely designed with a retractable stand. A great collector's item. In working order.
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1960s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Carriage Clocks and Travel Clocks

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Lapis Lazuli, Brass

Travel Alarm Clock by Kienzle, circa 1960s
Located in Wien, AT
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1960s Austrian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Carriage Clocks and Travel Clocks

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Faux Leather, Chrome

Travel Alarm Clock by Junghans, circa 1960s
Located in Wien, AT
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1960s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Carriage Clocks and Travel Clocks

Materials

Brass, Faux Leather

Gucci Limited Edition Luxury Travel Clock, 1970s
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Rare authentic Gucci deluxe chrome cased pocket size, alarm travel clock watch that folds out to stand. Alarm indication on rotation, number 3895 engraved on back, model 0895, Swiss ...
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1970s Italian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Carriage Clocks and Travel Clocks

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Chrome

Travel Alarm Clock by Junghans, circa 1960s
Located in Wien, AT
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1960s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Carriage Clocks and Travel Clocks

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Brass, Faux Leather

Travel Alarm Clock "Europe", 1950s
Located in Wien, AT
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1950s Austrian Vintage Mid-Century Modern Carriage Clocks and Travel Clocks

Materials

Brass, Faux Leather

Travel Alarm Clock "Europe" with Thermometer and Barometer, circa 1950s
Located in Wien, AT
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1950s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Carriage Clocks and Travel Clocks

Materials

Brass, Faux Leather, Glass

Travel Alarm Clock "Europe", 1950s
Located in Wien, AT
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1950s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Carriage Clocks and Travel Clocks

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Brass, Faux Leather

Travel Alarm Clock from "Deluxe", Germany, circa 1960s
Located in Wien, AT
Travel alarm clock from "Deluxe", Germany, circa 1960s Excellent original condition Brass and painted hart cover Still working It is marked Germany on the front of the clock. Tw...
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1950s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Carriage Clocks and Travel Clocks

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Brass

Travel Alarm Clock "Europe", 1950s
Located in Wien, AT
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1950s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Carriage Clocks and Travel Clocks

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Brass, Faux Leather, Glass

Travel Alarm Clock from "Emes", Germany, circa 1960s
Located in Wien, AT
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1960s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Carriage Clocks and Travel Clocks

Materials

Metal

Travel Alarm Clock from "Emes", Germany, circa 1960s
Located in Wien, AT
Travel alarm clock from "Emes", Germany, circa 1960s Original condition.
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1960s German Vintage Mid-Century Modern Carriage Clocks and Travel Clocks

Materials

Brass

Collection of 4 Pocket Breguet Silver, Gold Watches, Enamel Pearls, Swiss SALE
Located in CH
A collection of 4 pocket watches Swiss made Gold, hallmarked, can be sold separately Precision spiral Breguet, 40 Rubis, 15 Rubis Red enamel pearl rare watch Only the big on...
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1950s Swiss Vintage Mid-Century Modern Carriage Clocks and Travel Clocks

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Gold

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Hermes "H" Folding Clock
Located in New York, NY
From a time when travel was simply not the same. The buttery, ox blood leather on this travel weather station is in impeccable condition. The clock is working, but our favorite part ...
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1960s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Carriage Clocks and Travel Clocks

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  • Hermes "H" Folding Clock
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H 3 in. W 5.75 in. D 2.5 in.
Tiffany Vintage Bronze Travel Alarm Clock
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Very nice antique Tiffany bronze travel alarm clock. Clock is in good working condition. One of the original crowns missing. One crown can be shared to adjust time and alarm hands.  
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Travel Alarm Clock "Europe", 1950s
Located in Wien, AT
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Vintage French Rococo Jaeger Electric Wall Clock Watch, circa 1960s SALE
Located in CH
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Metal

Midcentury Avocado Green Digital Alarm Clock by Sankyo
Located in San Diego, CA
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Jaeger Le Coultre Travel Alarm, Table Clock Gold-Plated Metal, Switzerland
Located in Roma, IT
A beautiful clock to carry everywhere. Travel alarm clock Jaeger Le Coultre, Retractable, gold-plated metal Perfectly working. Mechanical manual movement Swiss manufacturing.
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Howard Miller Brush Chrome Finish Modernist Desk Top Clock
Located in Ferndale, MI
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1960s American Vintage Mid-Century Modern Carriage Clocks and Travel Clocks

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Travel Alarm Clock by Junghans, circa 1960s
Located in Wien, AT
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  • Travel Alarm Clock by Junghans, circa 1960s
  • Travel Alarm Clock by Junghans, circa 1960s
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Lancel Travel Clock
Located in New York, NY
A great leather and brass Lancel travel clock. Closed size 3.5" x 2.75".
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1950s French Vintage Mid-Century Modern Carriage Clocks and Travel Clocks

Materials

Brass

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  • Lancel Travel Clock
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Located in San Diego, CA
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Mid-20th Century Swiss Mid-Century Modern Carriage Clocks and Travel Clocks

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Located in Westport, CT
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Vintage Jaeger-LeCoultre 8 Day Travel Alarm Clock, circa 1960
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
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1960s Swiss Vintage Mid-Century Modern Carriage Clocks and Travel Clocks

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Gold Plate, Brass