Telechron Model 8F01 "Smug"
|This is one of the few true novelty clocks
made by Telechron, and it is one of the most desirable. At least,
it is a favorite of mine. The
model 8F01 clock was known as the "Smug", and there was an
alarm version (7F63) appropriately called the "Quacker".
The clock shown here has a black Bakelite body with an orange Plaskon beak, and painted eyes that seem always to be watching you. It was also available with a yellow or blue Plaskon case, and was in the catalog from 1935 through 1939.
When I found this much abused clock, the glass was smashed, the face was damaged, and some idiot had hacked a hole in the back to get it opened. He didn't realize that the setting knob had a reverse thread, and the more he tried to loosen it, the tighter it got. Fortunately, the original hands were still there.
I scanned the face (seen below), and Photoshopped it back to it's former glory. It now appears as a paper overlay on another Telechron face. That will have to do until I find an original face, which will probably never happen.