Progress Mid-Century Clock-Chime

 

Progress Mid-Century Recessed Clock-Chime


Progress Mid Century built-in clock chime. 1956

The Progress E-14 recessed clock-chime represents a transitional period in door chimes. The mid-century-modern aesthetic relied heavily on built-in appliances and the more mundane home necessities were often hidden. In this example, an atomic style clock hides the chime mechanism with two tin-can resonators behind an acoustically transparent grill. The entire unit is recessed between the studs of a wall.

The clock movement is a Lanshire electric unit adapted for 16 volts and protected by a circular dust cover. The solenoid unit includes a fourth terminal to connect both leads directly from the transformer to supply constant power to the clock. The solenoid unit design is similar to the Thermotone suggesting a common manufacture.

In the 1950s, the Progress Manufacturing Company of Philadelphia offered a wide range of contemporary lighting fixtures so it is no surprise they extended their line to include this door chime, and possibly others.

 

Manufacturer Progress Manufacturing Company
Location of Manufacture Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Date of Manufacture 1956
Cover Satin Aluminum Bezel with perforated aluminum grill
Mechanism Stamped steel
Resonators Steel
Tone bars Painted steel
Height 7 1/4 inches
Width 7 1/4 inches
Depth 3 1/2 inches (including recessed portion of box)
Notes ElectraChime Collection. Original condition in shipping box.

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