Bond Clocks

The clocks on this page were made by the Bond Electric Corp. of Jersey City, NJ in the early to mid-1930's.  All of the Bond clocks that I have seen have cases made of Catalin plastic and chrome-plated die castings, and spin-start electric movements made by Hammond.

They also share a common flaw.  The designers weren't aware of (or ignored) the potential for the eventual shrinkage of the Catalin.  As this shrinkage progressed, interference with the snug-fitting metal bezels caused the Catalin to crack.

The first clock shown stands about 6 1/2 inches high, and 7 inches wide at the base.  The case was made from dark green and black Catalin castings.  It was almost certainly also available with marbleized white Catalin instead of the green, which would now have oxidized to a butterscotch color.  In this example, the shrinkage of the Catalin has caused the bezel to bow outward.

Bond Catalin Tambour Clock
In the second clock, the traditional drab dark brown wood tambour clock design was restated in an Art-Deco theme and Catalin plastics to create this machine-age masterpiece.  The Catalin base is several inches thick in spots and has developed several hairline cracks due to shrinkage of the material.  The clock, itself, is about 12 inches wide, and 6 1/2 inches high.  The yellow Catalin was originally white, but has oxidized to this rich butterscotch shade.  The shell housing the movement is jet black Catalin, as is the dark slab at the bottom.  It was also available with a dark green and black case.

Bond Catalin Tambour Clock

The last clock is a restyled version of the familiar Hammond "Gregory" clock.  The Bond version had a single-piece case made of Catalin.  This example has the familiar yellow case, but was probably also available in the dark green color of the other Bond models.  It is about 7 1/2 inches high, and 7 inches wide at the base.