Guess What This Little Number Is?

January 9th, 2014 in blog     
suewhitney Sue Whitney, editor
6 users recommend here we go. The guessers were a little to quick to be right last time I'm putting something up that hopefully will be a little more difficult for all of you smart junkers. I have to say I had no idea what the item that Jimbo posted and was very impressed with your knowledge of junk in the rough!


Here's the story:

I purchased this item about 12 years ago and it has been with me ever since. It was my first purchase of the day at a show called the Kane County Flea Market just outside of Chicago. I laid eyes on it and literally ran to purchase it. The dealer was asking $320 for it and I could not peel my twenties off fast enough. At the time I had no idea what it was, but I knew one thing for was cool!

Like many items I buy, this little baby weighs a thousand pounds so I left it with the dealer to pick up later. When I returned after a 5 hour shopping spree the dealer was looking none too happy. I looked at my purchase and figured out why very quickly. My item was littered with yellow post it notes with names, telephone numbers, and figures. No...these paople were not looking for a date..they wanted to buy (very badly I might add) my newly acquired piece-o-junk. The highest offer that day was $3,500.00. Not a bad investment, eh? Needless to say I did not sell it, but rather took it home to do some research.

What I found out was very cool and I truly love this piece and its history. Some day I hope to find someone who can get it back in working order.

Here is your challenge:

What is it?

Who made it?

What era is it from?


Good luck. May the force be with you!


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Comments (18)

Valentine58 writes: Yeah thank you. It was so much fun researching this. I really like interesting items like this. Posted: 3:38 pm on January 15th
suewhitney writes: Okie, dokie, dominokie....we gotta go with the member who is the closest on this one!

And the winner is....Valentine58. Congrats to you!

Here's the Skinny:

IBM International Daily Dial Attendance Recorder. Time clock made by IBM's International Time Recording division. The face shows employee numbers which would be dialed up by employees entering and leaving the factory. The day and time of entry and exit was punched onto a tape roll inside the box. The serial number indicates it was produced in 1940 although some argue it is earlier.
Posted: 7:48 am on January 13th
Valentine58 writes: IIt is an employee time clock. Manufactured by International Time Recording company. Industrial Revolution Era. I didn't know if I could edit my other response. It is a beautiful piece. Posted: 7:46 pm on January 9th
Brad_Vic writes: Very cool piece :-) International time recording clock from 1907 manufactured by International Time Recording Company Australia :-) Posted: 6:24 pm on January 9th
suziart writes: What a wonderful piece! I love it. Good luck out there!


Posted: 3:54 pm on January 9th
EmmasNookandGranny writes: Uh oh, late to the party once again. This baby is even more cool in person. Will be keeping my lip zipped, too, and that is no easy task. :)

~Marge Posted: 2:16 pm on January 9th
suewhitney writes: is a clue. Look at what it says on the face of the clock.

Just Me Posted: 1:16 pm on January 9th
Valentine58 writes: Employee time tracking. Punch in, punch out. International Time Recording. Early 20th century. Posted: 10:49 am on January 9th
ThriftyWitch writes: Never mind. I did a bit more research and I'm not exactly correct. Lol Posted: 10:32 am on January 9th
GypsyBarn writes: Lol!!! You go Girl!!!!!! Get Googling! hahha Posted: 10:23 am on January 9th
ThriftyWitch writes: Oh! OH! Don't know who made it or the era, yet!
Posted: 10:22 am on January 9th
ThriftyWitch writes: Oh! OH! I DO know what it is!!!!! A "wheel-front clock"!!!!!!!!!!!! Posted: 10:21 am on January 9th
ThriftyWitch writes: No guesses here, just admiration! I see a really unique conversation piece, maybe a table with a removable top. Looks like no altering would be needed and it would preserve it! What a deal!!!!! Posted: 10:16 am on January 9th
GypsyBarn writes: THAT is called - a - "Jasmin needs it" piece. Although - I see Brian putting up a fight for it lol Posted: 9:49 am on January 9th
suewhitney writes: Wow...will wonders never cease!!!! Sharon, Geo, and Jimbo all keeping their mouths closed at the same time. I can hear myself think!!! Ah, hahahaha! Just had to pick on you 3 a little this AM! you know what year this might have been manufactured in? If so email me. Let's see if I can stump you on that one!! Me Posted: 7:50 am on January 9th
Pfarkelsisters writes: I can't play either!! But it is great piece and the story with it is just as great
Posted: 7:43 am on January 9th
georgiamoon writes: I am with Jim on this one. It is one of my favorite pieces EVER, but I won't spoil the surprise! Plus I am just a little familiar with the prize too!!!! Have fun guessing!!!
Georgia Posted: 7:37 am on January 9th
JunkArchitect writes: OoOoh I know exactly what it is but realize I'm I'll keep my mouth shut. What a spectacular piece!!!


Posted: 7:02 am on January 9th
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