The bronze wizard clock on Park Avenue South

It’s temporarily shielded by scaffolding. But the bronze clock sticking out from a building at 32nd Street is still a curious sight.

It features a silkworm and leaves motif is topped by a wizard with a wand and a blacksmith hammering a sword.

What story is the clock telling? Called the Silk Clock, it depicts a scene from King Arthur, according to a 1996 New York Times article.

On the hour, the wizard’s wand hits the blacksmith’s head. Then, another figure, The Lady on the Lake, briefly emerges.

The 1936 clock was built by the building’s original owner, Schwarzbock Looms—hence the silk in the name.

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7 Responses to “The bronze wizard clock on Park Avenue South”

  1. Rebecca Says:

    This will help to clarify the tale of the silk clock!

  2. wildnewyork Says:

    Ah, the Queen of Silk, I like that. Thank you for the link! I tried to access that 1926 NYT article last night but it wasn’t letting me complete the purchase.

  3. Mr.J Says:

    Just a side note…but you should check out the building on the southeast corner of Prince and Lafayette. They are power washing the building right now and the change in color is really neat to see.

  4. The insects that adorn New York « Ephemeral New York Says:

    […] It makes sense: The building was once the headquarters of Schwarzbock looms. Another insect image, a silkworm adorns the building’s beautiful clock. […]

  5. andrew Says:

    waited for 35 minutes today to see the clock do it’s thing…it’s broken.

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