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Swihart Products Neon Clocks

March 27th, 2009 · 23 Comments

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Coca-Cola, Pepsi and 7UP Rocking Logo Neon Clocks

We owned these three interesting and rare clocks many years ago and just wanted to share the photos with you. They were manufactured by Swihart Products of Elwood, Indiana.

7Up Swihart Products Clock

Swihart Coca-Cola Neon Clock

Neon Pepsi-Cola Swihart Clock

They are referred to as the rocking logo clock because the logos on top rock back and forth. In addition to that cool feature, they are also neon clocks. We do not know much more about them so if you do, please blog in and let us know.

These items are not for sale. We show restored items in this blog to encourage discussion, prompt questions and further the hobby of collecting and restoration.

Tags: Unique & Unusual

23 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Michael Kendall // Apr 2, 2009 at 5:50 pm

    I have a Swihart Clock also. It is a Covalt’s Ice Cream clock and I was wondering how the motion dial worked? I would like to send you a photo of it. Thanks, Mike Kendall

  • 2 vintagevending // Apr 3, 2009 at 1:20 pm

    Hi Michael,

    You are welcome to send us a picture of your clock at questions@vintagevending.com. We haven’t owned these clocks in a while, and we are out of the restoration business, so we really can’t help with the motion dial.

    If anyone else can help, please leave a comment.

    Thanks!

  • 3 Chuck Reed // Jul 12, 2009 at 3:11 pm

    We have an antique Swihart Coca Cola clock that was damaged when a tree fell on our house. How can I find its value.

  • 4 vintagevending // Jul 13, 2009 at 9:43 am

    Chuck,
    We aren’t able to give estimates on the value of an item. If you keep an eye on Ebay, your item is sure to be listed at some point. That may give you a rough idea of it’s value but keep in mind prices vary greatly depending on condition. If anyone can help with a value of this item please comment.

  • 5 Phil Reaves // Aug 5, 2009 at 8:23 pm

    I have a Dariy Queen Rocker clock if anyone wants pictures. Very cool.. Would like to know if there are any others.

  • 6 Jason // Aug 22, 2009 at 4:37 pm

    Phil:
    I would like pictures of the DQ clock, thanks

  • 7 Phil Reaves // Aug 24, 2009 at 8:38 pm

    Send me your e-mail address Jason,
    kw6tt@yahoo.com

  • 8 Jerry Harris // Sep 21, 2009 at 10:21 am

    I have, believed to be from the 20’s, a Swlhart Pepsi-Cola lighted clock that needs a new motor. Had it worked on once and ran for a while then began to get slow. Always been in my family. Are there any others this old?

  • 9 Barry // Nov 2, 2009 at 9:36 pm

    I have a Kendal oil clock with no light just a 4 whole the clock for a light or a bulb. Does anyone know what I need to make it work.

  • 10 Steven McQueen // Feb 17, 2010 at 2:11 pm

    I have two neon advertising electric wall clocks for about 20 years. Excellent running and appearance. I think made in the 1950’s. 20″ in diameter and reads Colonial is good Bread. Cannot find in any listings. Would like to know if I have something of value for I am interested in selling.

  • 11 Jonathan Terra // Mar 7, 2010 at 3:43 pm

    I have found an old kendall motor oils clock sign that is in excellent condition and i am wanting information on how much this sign might be worth in excellent condition? Please email me at siren559@yahoo.com with any information possible. Thank you:)

  • 12 vintagevending // Mar 8, 2010 at 2:38 pm

    Jonathan,

    We aren’t able to give an estimate on worth, as we have been out of the business for a while. You could try ebay or Craig’s List, sometimes items like this pop up. If anyone else can help, please comment.

  • 13 RICHARD J ROMANO // Apr 15, 2010 at 8:22 am

    I HAVE AN OLD KENDALL OIL CLOCK,ABOUT 15″ IN DIA. MADE BY SWIHART PRODUCTS,ELWOOD INDIANA.IT HUNG IN MY AUTO PARTS STORE FOR MANY YEARS,CAN’T SEEM TO DETERMINE IT’S VALUE.CAN YOU HELP ME?

  • 14 julie snyder // Jul 31, 2010 at 9:22 pm

    i have a 7 up clock from the 1940s my grandfather was given by a bar he frequented. i have so far been unable to find an exact picture on the internet anywhere. i do not want to sell but would love to tell my mom what this WORKING clock she HATED as a teenager is worth. if you could help i would be happy to send pics. it has a synchron motor patented in 1942 by hansen co. clock works ,lights work and no broken pieces. please let me know if you have any insight. thank you very much, Julie

  • 15 Sharon (Swihart) Hanna // Jun 13, 2011 at 12:35 am

    Hello all, I am Donald Swihart’s daughter. My Dad did not make these clocks in the ’20s as he didn’t start the business until after he got out of the army which would have been 1945/’46. He was in business until around 1979 or 1980 when, unfortunately, he filed bankruptcy

    I’m excited that there are those of you who appreciate his work. The original, early clocks had Hansen motors in them which seemed to last forever. He was forced, and I do mean he hated to do it, to go to a cheaper motor due to customers wanting cheaper clocks. He had to keep up with the competition. Later he made menu boards and regular clocks due to the lack of demand for the neon. He did make some cool things. I had a few, but when I moved from Arkansas to Alaska I gave them away.

    His factory was indeed in Elwood, Indiana though he lived in Indianapolis for a short while. Thank you for appreciating his work. He would have been delighted.

  • 16 Claire // Jun 16, 2011 at 1:26 pm

    Sharon:

    Thank you for sharing with us. Those clocks are pieces of our history and I truly appreciate the kind of man your dad was. Those of us who happen to possess one of the clocks hold them dear and continue to enjoy them!

  • 17 Sharon (Swihart) Hanna // Jun 24, 2011 at 4:47 pm

    Claire:

    I appreciate the sentiment. As I said earlier, he would be delighted.

  • 18 Tommy Hartline Sr. // Jan 1, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    I just got a 1959 Royal Crown Cola clock sign. works fine and keeps time but it has no second hand, does anyone know if it ever had one? I can only find one photo of it on line and its too dark on the image where the clock is to tell,I found simular clocks same year and style and it doesnt have one. thanks in advance,

  • 19 Sharon (Swihart) Hanna // Mar 22, 2012 at 2:10 am

    Tommy Hartline Sr.

    FYI
    If the clock is a Swihart Products clock, it would have had a second hand.

  • 20 eddie rankey // Mar 26, 2012 at 6:47 pm

    in regards to message 18 (tommy Hartline) yes it has a second hand, i have a 1959 RC Cola Wall clock, i bought at an antigue store back in the mid 1980’s, still works, has a light also, a light bulb, probably bought it for $20.00, i was wondering how much you paid for yours? Or does anyone have an idea of what is worth now?

  • 21 Howard Kendall // Oct 29, 2012 at 7:02 pm

    I have been searching for a Kendall Neon clock for years. If anyone knows of any, let me know,

  • 22 Scott Trost // Mar 18, 2013 at 4:10 pm

    I have a coke clock it is 13×16 inches and the face is broken does anyone know where I can get a new or good used face for my clock ?

  • 23 Dale Peterson // Sep 25, 2013 at 10:43 pm

    Where can I find a circular neon light assembly for a Swihart “NuGrape” clock? Are these available commercially from lighting suppliers?

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