Here you will see unique timekeeping creations that transform the mundane into sensory stimulating devices integrating technologies such as Tesla coils, plasma displays, neon, rotating elements and flashing vacuum tubes that spark the imagination. Many of the clocks here run counterclock wise, or backwards, yet keep the correct time. Most are line powered, so no batteries required.
This chronometer was used on the bridge of Admiralty airships to keep time as they traveled through tears in space-time. The 25,000 volt plasma keeps the wormhole open, while the backwards running clock reverses direction during the warp. The spherical rotating antenna on top gathers the tacheons to be amplified by the side-mounted photonic amplifiers while the working current meter and wormhole display are gimbal mounted below .
The case, 40" tall, melds an 19th century English regulator with a 1905 Sessions mantle clock. Embellished with Italian embossed brass banding, 250 brass screws and a hand carved Queen Victoria top piece enhanced with LED eyes. Behind the glass door is a 25,000 volt Jacobs Ladder with enhanced vacuum tubes and an electroluminescent portal. On top is a 3" rotating brass ball and once/sec flashing vacuum tubes. On the sides are 17" cold cathode lights above spiral wound EL wire in brass capped cylinders. Below is a 5" backwards-running clock back-lit by an electroluminescent sheet. At the bottom area working gimbal-mounted current meter and plasma display.
This piece contains 14 separate light sources, (LEDs, CCFLs, EL sheets, strips and wires), rotating ball, Jacobs Ladder, reverse clock, working current meter and a 3" plasma display. The Jacobs Ladder is equipped with a proximity detector and only runs when people are nearby. Runs from 110V into a UL/CE listed power supply. The power consumption is less than 20w when the 250w Jacobs Ladder is not running.
52"H and 22"W
This is the finest, most ornate and technically advanced piece to emerge from the Laboratories. Full one year VGL warranty.
This piece is the quintessential Sensational Assemblage with numerous lights and rotating elements to capture the senses. Look inside this vintage Sessions clock case and you are suddenly in clockwork wonderland with 3 rotating shafts, one of which runs all the way to the top. Copper wire balls, brass gears, spokes and sprokets all twirl inside of a mirrored box with dozens of red LEDs. In the front is a 12" blue CCFL tube reflecting from the brass banding. On top is a mid-century ornate clock case , wrapped ion brass, containing a new, see-thru quartz clock movement with exposed gears and the rotating shaft reflected from the mirrored case with a red led for nightime illumination. The main shaft emerges from the top of the case, crowned with gears and a brass ball. On the sides are dual red neon tubes with full range dimming from the the lower left control wheel, while the lighting and motor switcvh is on the lower right.
This piece has it all. There is even a proximity detector controling the motor so it only runs when people are present to watch!
18"w x7"D x 22"H. Uses 12V wall adapter at 35W when everything is running.
Inside Time Clock
DILITHIUM CRYSTAL SYNCHRONIZER
A rare blue dilithium crystal has been ground and polished to resonate at 60 times in each Earth minute. Therefore it synchronizes dark matter's oscilations with the battery operated quartz clock. Over the top is a water cooled containment field with a blue glow, which matches the 6" UV CCFL blue tube glowing on the front. Scotty would love this.
The case is a restored 1900 Sessions mantle clock with front columns and original brass colored lion's heads with rings on the sides. The clock works are visable and back-lit with blue LEDs in a circular pattern, reflecting off of the mirrored interior
Runs from a 12v wallThe clock works are visable and back-lit with blue LEDs in a circular pattern, reflecting off of the mirrored interior adapter. This is a compact piece at 13"w x 6"D x 20"H.
Perfect for all you STarTrek fans.
This is a rare ornate 1890's restored vintage mantle clock case with a black laquer finish with columns wrapping arround the sides. Italian embossed brass banding surrounds the base. As the 20KV arc climbs the electrodes, the fermion particles are collected by the rotating antenna. They are amplified by the blue flashing concentrator on the top right, and then stored in the photonic capacitator which glows red when full. The Jaccobs Ladder is contained by a 3" acrylic tube which amplifies the sound of the arc. All fittings are solid brass
The clock dial is illuminated by a blue circle of LEDS behind the brass bezel with convex glass. The rotary switch on the left controls the lights, and the one on the left is for the Jacobs Ladder Arc. All the fittings are machined from solid brass. The quasrtz movement requires no battery. The arc is produced from a UL listed transformer, center point grounded.
18"w x 6"D x 25"H. Runs from 110V. Power is 20 watts without Jacobs Ladder, and 80 watts with it running.
Fermion Collector Clock
GEARS OF TIME
Inside this beautifully restored Seth Thomas mantle clock from the 1900's, is a glass plasma disc that responds to touch. Solid brass and copper everywhere from the front 6 columns to the solid brass top piece, ( of unknown provenance), containing a se-through quartz clock movcement. Running up inside the movcement are rotating shafts with visable gears driving the gears and balls on the top and the sides. (SEE VIDEO). On each side are cold cathode lights supported by solid brass fittings. The spiral copper semi-circular element on top is an industrial heater element.
The clock is line powered, never needing a battery, and is permantly illuminated by LEDS, while the side switch controls the motor, plasma disc and side lights. There is a proximity detector, so the motor only turns when people are detected.
25"H x17"W x 7"H. Runs from 12V wall adapter. VGL guarantee of course.
THE LAST RIDE
"You're on the last train" said the man in black. Your ticket was punched. You never knew.
.This piece may be interpreted as an allegory about our mortality or maybe not, so make no hasty assumptions about the train's destination. Possibly this is just a routine conversation between a conductor and a passenger? Are we fearful of our"Last Ride"?
The design started with a clock that is enhanced with brass, copper and steel to simulate a railroad locomotive, albeit a strange one, with glowing wheels and flashing lights. Trains run on precise time schedules, hence the quartz clock with top and bottom pendulums evoking a rail crossing. A train signal light is mounted behind the lower pendulum and changes from red to green every 10 seconds. The lights protruding from the clock are vacuum tubes protected with copper cages which are clear anachronisms and add mystery as to the kind of train we have here. They flash consecutively around the clock, one flash per second.
The clock stands approximately 30" tall and and consumes approximately 3 watts from the included 12V wall adapter. The electronics are microcontroller based.
This is the ULTIMATE clock for a train enthusiast and a "one of a kind".
Gears of Time Video
THE SOOTHSAYER'S CLOCK
Of course the old Soothsayer can fortell the future, because his clock runs backwards, yet shows the correct time. How can this be? Are we here or were we there? He can even control the LED illumination color and brightness of the expired sodium vapor light with a wave of his hand, (holding the remote control of course). The brass astrolab on the top can be set to your birth sign to enhance his prognosticastions .
Once it was a 1900 vintage mantle clock, but now transmorgrified by the Soothsayer into an engine of mystery and wonder. The clock face is illuminated by blue LEDS under a brass canopy while the blue CCFL down below casts and erie blue pall . A walnut and vintage brass filagree vintage lamp base supports the old sodium vapor bulb , now illuminated from below by a color changing LED, with a remote control. The clock face bezel, columns and lions heads are all original.
Stands 14"W, 6"D and 32"H. Runs from a 12V wall adapter using just 10W. Clock is line powered so no batteries required. Of course, the Vandegraaff Laboratories one year waranty, is included.
Here is a massive 5" diameter highly polished aluminum cylinder containing the industrial strength time machine pumping out the seconds, minutes and hours. The lid of the cylinder is machined from 3/4" of 6101 alloy of aluminum sitting over stainless steel tubing. All fittings are stainless or chrome plated. Turn the vintage valve handle in front and the machine comes to life with a red cold cathode display in line with the red pendulum. Around the outside is the latest in lighting technology with 4' of side-emitting fiber optic cable. Almost as brite as neon at 1/4 the power. The chrome meters on the sides are from vintage welding gear. The clock is enclosed in a polished aluminum casting that once was a pressure gauge and so the PSI limit face and markings are still there. There is a red LED, always on to illuminate the clock face.
The piece sits on a full inch of vintage American walnut, with brass and nickle spheres at the corners.
Stands 32" tall with an 9" square base. Clock and pendulum require no batteries as they are driven by the 12V wall adapter.
Runs off of a 12V inverter consuming 4W withall lights on
TIME FOR THE BLUES
Here is a striking piece that is both a clock and an accent light. The elements in this assemblage span 150 years. The cut glass base and pressed glass cylinder, illuminated from within with blue LEDs and cold cathode tubes, is from a Hollywood Regency mid-century lamp. The asymmetric wood base is a Honduran mahogany cigar box wrapped in brass banding. The solid brass clock case is from a World War II liberty ship that was scrapped in Mobile, Alabama, now updated with a line-operated quartz movement so batteries are not needed. The pendulum is from an 1870s vintage kitchen clock. Above is a gaslight assembly from the 1880s supporting an always-on, blue LED illuminating the face. It operates from a 12V wall adapter and consumes less than 5W. The switch on the base controls the lights.
30”H x 9”W x 6”D
This is stuning piece with substantial bright brass and copper IS complemented by its cherry wood base. Above a valve, sits a vintage 6" solid brass Westinghouse pressure gauge that has been converted to a clock, retaining the original PSI gauge face. Rising above, is a 3" copper braided manifold hose suspended by its brass firehose base. Inside the hose is a lightning bolt plasma plate that responds to touch, with a valve handle switch.. The base is 1" of vintage solid cherry wood , wrapped by a brass band with bracket feet.
This piece is compact at 8"w x 11"D and 16"H but very substantial at appox 20lbs. The quartz clock requires one AA battery and the display is line powered from external 12V wall adapter using less than 3W. The VGL one year waranty is included.
WORMHOLE TIMEKEEPER SOLD
When traveling through wormholes, clocks run backward.This unit is designed to be brought along on your time travels and will appear as a normal clock to you as you move through the wormhole. The vintage vacuum tubes amplify the tachyon waves that drive the plasma display. Back home, the clock keeps time but runs backwards and the plasma display is for amusement.
This is one of the most beautiful and richly detailed units to come out of the Laboratory, requiring over 150 hours. The wood cabinet dates from the 1980s and was designed to mimic a 1930s radio. It is covered in brass and adorned with brass details, paint, and over 200 brass slot head screws. The vacuum tubes are fitted with internal LEDs, protected by copper cages. The quartz movement and pendulum run on AA batteries. The electronics are all new and accept a phone jack to play your favorite tunes through the vintage, beefy speaker. The low power plasma display is hard wired to the 12V adapter and total power consumption is less than 2W and 6W with your music playing.
There is also a USB charger port on the right side.
29"tall and 16" at its widest
STEEL N' TIME ----- SOLD
This massive pendulum clock stood for centuries in the entrance hall of the penitentiary for violators of The Time Travel Protocols. It was smuggled backwards in time after the prison fire and subsequent mass escape by miscreant time travelers. It was placed there to remind those violators that time must be treated with care in order to preserve the future and the past. The swinging pendulum and multiple gears evoke the inexorable interlocking of the past, present and future.
This is a massive sculpture of polished steel gears, ball bearings and pipes, incorporating a pendulum clock with blue LED strip lighting. The recurring elements of steel and brass, with the sharp edges of the gears contrasting the ball bearings. The rectangle of the light tubes hangs behind the square clock, tethered to the base by triangles formed by the functional guy wires with steel turnbuckles. The structure sits on a full-inch thick piece of vintage American walnut, screwed together for a clean look with no welds.
The quartz clock with sweep second hand runs smooth, with small steel balls indicating the hours. There is a gear shaped pendulum with a clear center tube that swings over a blue LED. On top is a vintage vacuum tube illuminated from within by LEDs. The side light comes from LED strips inside an acrylic tube wrapped in copper wire whose brightness can be c hanged by front toggle switch. The LED strips sit inside a second 3" diameter tube, capped on both ends with polished steel acorn nuts.
The overall look of this work is industrial sculpture with a vintage twist that functions as a clock and light. This piece weighs 50 lbs, is 36" tall and 23" at its widest point. It requires less than 5 watts from the included 12V wall unit.
STEEL N' TIME Close Up
HOROLOGUE TIMEKEEPER SOLD
From the Greek word, "horologion" meaning time, we have here counterclockwise running timepiece, surrounded by a dazzling display of lights, sound and motion. The lightning is from the Jacob's Ladder with its rising arc of buzzing electricity from vintage porcelain insulators. Vintage vacuum tubes pulse with internal LEDS. Across the front is an eerie blue light from a UV CCFL. The blue arch is created from a water heater element illuminated by side emitting fiber optics.
The case is from an early 20th century Sessions mantle clock that has been embellished with solid brass trim. The backwards running clock is line powered, back lighted by an EL panel, so no batteries are required. Very energy efficient at less than 6W fully illuminated, and 80W with the "Lightning" activated.
17' wide by 25" tall.
GREAT BALLS OF FIRE -----SOLD
This is one of the most beautifully ornate mantle clocks to emerge from the Laboratory. Solid brass trim and bass balls have been copiously added to this rare, Seth Thomas clock case with its patented adamintine , faux stone finish. Looks new!. The fire comes from the 20,000 volt Jacobs Ladder, flanked on one side by a green cold cathode light and the other by an LED, driving side emitting fiber optic strands in resin. They flash alternately at once a second. Across the front, is a green neon tube with a wiggling pattern that is moving inside of the gas. Very unusual effect.
The clock runs backwards (good for your mental dexterity), but of course keeps correct time and requires no batteries as it is line driven. Behind the European brass bezel with convex glass The clock dial is always illuminated by a green electroluminescent panel which only requires 1w to keep the face visible always bright. A toggle switch turns on the additional lights and in its other position, adds the arcs and sounds of the Jacobs Ladder. (Note the electrodes are contained in the cylinder for safety but even if touched, the arc is not deadly due to high frequency and low current, but it will burn.)
The piece is 17" wide at the base, and stands 27" high. The clock with all its illumination is low power, consuming less than 7 watts, but when the sparks fly, the power usage rises to 50W. Runs on 110V with 3 prong plug for safety. All HV components are UL approved.
One year VGL warranty as always.
SEE and hear the video
TIME FOR A CHAIN -----SOLD
Timing chains and gear chains with a few gears to match . . . this clock has 'em all. Even a chain wrapping around the dial to hide the line-powered quartz clock and pendulum works, so no batteries to replace. Stands 36" tall and 26" wide with highly polished aluminum and stainless steel fittings, sitting on one inch of vintage American walnut. Clean welds and threaded connections speak to the craftsmanship of this piece.
The clock face is illuminated by a circular blue CCFL, and on either side are 14" CCFLs, inside of frosted cylinders. On top is a 4" blue CCFL in a polished steel cage sitting on top of timing gears. The pendulum is continuously highlighted as it swings in front of three blue LEDs.
The lighting is cool blue/white and with its clean lines and polished aluminum evokes an art deco, streamline feel. Light switch is controlled by vintage valve handle. 12W power consumption.
Of course the one year VGL Warranty is included.
This light was used in the cafeteria in the Penitentiary for Time Traveling Miscreants. This clock was to remind them that the time of their sentence must be served. It was illegally brought back in time after the fire and mass escape.
The clockwise rotating switch on the right selects Off-EL Lights only-Edison Light only--All On-.
The left knob is a dimmer for the Edison bulb, as the voltmeter reads the voltage.
On a tray made of vintage cherry wood, stands this substantial polished steel light with an embedded quartz clock. The center Edison bulb stands 11 inches tall and is controlled by the dimmer knob below. The functioning AC voltmeter on the right is encased like the clock in a polished steel pipe fitting and displays the dimmer voltage. The flanking EL lights and the green EL band, are controlled by a knob to the right of the dimmer.
The steel shade is supported by polished stainless steel pipe fittings. The unit stands 24" high and is 13"wide at the base. It is very substantial with protective feet with an extra long vintage twisted brown cloth cord.
Knucklehead was the nickname for ther Harley Davidson 61 cu inch V twin engine introduced in 1936. Here is an all metal replica of a late 30's motorcycle sitting atop a polished aluminum sheathed box.
On the front is an official HD Motor Oil clock, with a 32" yellow neon light on one side, and an orange neon light on the other. Across the front at the bottom is a nickle plated hand rail.
Can we wall or table top mounted. Over 42" high and 23" wide.
Runs off of the provided 12V wall adapter. The one year, VGL guarantee is of course included.
Rising bolts of electricity climb the Jacobs Ladder, creating a visual and audible display. On one side is a vintage vacuum tube, surroundced by an efficient circular CCFL light, illuminated from within by red/orange LEDS, mimicking the original tube filaments. On the left is a pillar of side-emitting fiber optics, driven from an LED.
The backwards running clock, is line driven, so no batteries are required. The 1900 vintage mantle clock case appears to be walnut, and it has been embellished with solid brass embossed trim and columns. The toggle switch on the side allows the selection of just illumination or illumination with the Jacobs Ladder.
110V line operation, and requires only 5 watts without the 60W Jacobs Ladder running. The one year VGL warranty is included.
HELIOS CLOCK ---SOLD
Helios is the personification of the sun in Greek mythology and this piece is named after the Greek sun god because of how the round orange plasma ball evokes the sun. The plasma ball has been enhanced with bright orange EL wire that attracts the plasma tendrils and look like solar flares with an eerie green glow deep in its core. The red crystal bulb in front pulses red every second, as do the blue LEDS in the vacuum tubes. Sitting atop this 1900 vintage clock case are hand carved mahogany leaves cradling a quartz clock. Arching behind is a curved copper heating element wrapped in blue EL wire. The 5" solid brass final is supported by brass wires with miniature turnbuckles running down to the vacuum tube cages, creating an interesting triangular composition.
The rotary three-way switch on the side allows you to power just the LEDS and EL wire, or the plasma orb with the LEDS. The clock is 24" high and 19" at its widest. It runs off of 110V but only consumes 5W with all lights on. Included is an extra long vintage wire cord and the usual one year workmanship guarantee.
TESLA TOWER ----SOLD
In 1904 Nikola Tesla built a 186 foot tower on Long Island above underground shafts to transmit energy and information-carrying waves through the earth. This tribute piece to Tesla contains a 35 watt Tesla coil which without wires, energizes the suspended argon geissler tube above. This reproduces Tesla's demonstrations of 1984 when he held two geissler tubes in front of a giant Tesla coil to demonstrate his wireless lighting.
On either side are vacuum tubes with flashing LEDs, connected with copper piping wrapping around the Tesla coil. The front emits a blue light from the electroluminescent sheet, a 2.5" plasma display with a a flashing lightning pattern, and two uranium glass marbles illuminated by UV LEDs which flash once per second. Above is a backwards running clock illuminated with a circular CCFL light. On the very top is a brass hemisphere with 8 flashing blue LEDs to mimic the cupola of the Wardenclyff Tower. Underneath, are LED lights emitting a subtle glow.
The piece is housed in a vintage radio case and stands 35" high
This is one of the most technically advanced pieces to emerge from the Laboratories enhanced by its historical and educational value. It runs from 110V, and consumes 50W with the Tesla coil turned on. Without the coil, consumption is approximately 15W and is designed to be left on as an accent light as the clock is line-operated with no battery, which is what Nikola Tesla would have wanted.
This device was recovered from the wreckage of an unmanned time traveling apparatus. After a study by Vandegraaff Laboratories, they posit that it was designed to synchronize itself from pulsing particle waves of unknown origin. It runs backwards they believe, so as to function in the tears in space/time. Modified to run on a battery, the pulsing amplifiers keep searching for a beacon.
The oversize clock face with a German convex glass bezel is set into an old Sessions 1910 clock case which looks to be walnut. This is a conversation piece topped with an industrial water heater element wrapped in blue EL wire. The large vacuum tube on top has been drilled out and fitted with blue LEDs. It is wrapped in brass with vintage vacuum tubes that alternately flash once/sec . In front, is a UV CCFL with vintage designed drawer pulls on the sides.
The clock keeps time but runs backwards with a sweep second hand to remind you of the backward movement and there is a good chance you will increase your mental dexterity as you learn to read it. Although there is a front switch for the lighting, it can be left on continuously as an accent light as the total power used is less than 3W.
The piece is 18” tall and 9” wide with felt protection on the bottom. The quartz clock movement is battery operated. A 12V wall adapter and one year guarantee is included.
Portal Viewer SOLD
Recovered from an unknown wreckage, we believe this was a future-time-viewer to assist in time-warp navigation. Many parts were destroyed, but Vanderaaff Gearheardt Laboratories, (VGL), has reconstructed it unfortunately without all of the integral parts. Obviously, trhe blue screen behind the pendulum of photonic amplifiers was the screen. The tacheon amplifiers above, with their signature spirals, opened the doors to the past or future, relative to the clock. Much is still unknown.
When you look into this clock you see the eerie blue luminescence of the EL panel and it seems you are looking into the portal of another dimension. With two vacuum tubes attached, the pendulum blinks as it swings and the new quartz movement is smooth as trhe sweep second hand moves arround the dial, with no sudden ticks. Two massive solid brass columns on the sides were custom machined and the vacuum tubes on top are lit with blue LEDs matching the spiral and EL panel. The solid wood case with mahogany veneer has carvings on the top and the embelleshed dial and brass corners all add to the beauty of this piece. It all runs from a 12v wall unit and consunmes less than 1 watt.
It can be wall mounted or stand on its brass ball feet. It is 24 high and 9" wide. "
HOMING BEACON SOLD sold
When you are faraway in time-space, you need a phase-shifted homing beacon to get back to where you started. Here is the Homing Beacon pendulum clock which broadcasts the phase-corrected local time and thus its position in space-time. The massive old vacuum tube on top, under the metal tower, is the transmitter power tube and brightly lit with red LEDs. The plasma display is flanked by green tubes and topped off with a cool strip of light blue electroluminescence. The tower is constructed from metal members and topped by a radio tower and flashing red light. There is a front jack for connecting your phone to play music through an amplifier with a USB charger port on the side.
This is a mid-1980s mahogany veneer wood radio and cassette player looking like one from the 1930s. Replaced with all new electronics, including an efficient 4W amplifier and a massive old vacuum tube from a 1950's TV, now filled with LEDs. The tower was a windmill model.
Plasma display and EL tubes and panels use less than 1W, thus the unit is designed for the display and tubes to stay on continuously. The music player has a machined brass volume control and switch with VGL logo. Using the USB charger and amplifier still leaves power less than 6 watts.
The unit stands 36” high, including the 7” mast, and is 11” wide. It is delivered fully assembled except for the pendulum, radio mast and clock batteries. Included is a custom, solid wood travel case and as always, a full-service one year guarantee on workmanship. (see details under “About.”)
EARLY GRID SOLD
The focus point of this desk light is a 1941 AC voltmeter with an embedded brass clock. I have tried to invoke some elements of a power grid with an oak post designed to look like a power pole with an insulator on top lit by an LED. The clock is set into a machined brass pipe fitting with an engraved VGL logo. The lights are 30W Edison incandescents known as radio style bulbs, hanging from old glass insulators with shades handmade from perforated steel. The wheel in the center of the oak post is a dimmer for the lights and the meter reads the output of the dimmer. The grey transformers are old electric binding posts and the white insulators on the side were used in old house wiring. The wires you see on top are only for show as the power wires are contained in the post and inside the pipes.
This is one of my few 115V creations, only because I wanted to have the meter read the line voltage. There is significant attention to detail on this piece that an electrician would appreciate. For example, the HV wires feeding the transformers are small gauge, looking like aluminum, which is authentic. Larger gauge wires from transformers are heavy copper. I re-calibrated the meter, made a new meter face and added a VGL logo. The high voltage towers are stained like creosote and the small insulators are Bakelite. The base is re-purposed oak flooring over melamine, wrapped in brass with protective feet.
The piece stands 29” high, with a max width of 19” to the outside of the green glass insulators. The base is 7” x 16” and comes with a custom wood box for shipment. A spare bulb is included, with a one year guarantee on workmanship.
I have several old meters in wood boxes so I can create a similar piece to your speciufiucation
PLASMA CLOCK -----SOLD
This is an ornate small mantle clock enhanced with flashing vacuum tubes and a glass pendulum bob that catches the light of an LED. There is also a red LED above. The clock uses very low power, <1W, running from a 12 volt adapter so the lights stay on. The plasma and LEDs look fabulous in a darkened room. Nicely proportioned at 23” high and 11’ wide and includes a one year guarantee on workmanship.
I can create similar pieces .