Copyright Kikkerland Design. The battery powered design is most unusual. The long minute hand functions in the normal way. However the short hour hand is printed on the white circular background, which itself rotates once every twelve hours.

When the vertical stem is pulled to one side and released, it vibrates backwards and forwards and the time appears suspended in mid-air. Purchased in 1997. Complete with original box and instructions. The box says Copyright Hoffman Products, Int’l.

The short hand is the minute hand. The long curved hand sweeps out the hours. The current hour is at the position where the curved hand intersects the vertical hour numbers. A sticker on the box says it was designed and made in the UK by Robert Darwen www.ideasintime.co.uk.

This clock, which has a removable glass cover, is meant to represent a cheese dish. As the clock ticks a small mouse moves backwards and forwards apparently nibbling a piece of cheese. Just below the numeral 6 on the clock dial is the word GERMANY.

The correct time is read at the top of the clock as the black gear wheel rotates. One side of the gear is in Roman numerals, the other in Arabic numerals. There is no manufacturer’s name on this battery operated clock. Lettering on the back of the clock reads: ‘This Product is World Wide Protected Patent # 08/675,866’.

This is a novelty clock that looks as though it is melting off a shelf. Manufactured by Can You Imagine, Chatsworth, CA 91311, USA. Complete with box and instructions, copyright 2010 Can You Imagine. U.S. Patent Number D621,725.

This is a magnetic orbiting planet novelty clock. Instead of having hands like a normal clock face, the face has three concentric circular depressions on it. Travelling round in each depression is a small coloured ball (‘planet’). The balls roll round the circle apparently of their own accord, but actually because they are following the movement of magnets within the clock. The three balls display hours, minutes and seconds. Imported to the UK by The Source, Hull, England. Made in China.

The novelty here is not the cards, but in the picture on the backs. The picture shows The Corpus Clock or, as its inventor John Taylor has christened it, the Chronophage (literally “time eater” from the Greek word for time, chronos and to eat, phage). If you have any interest at all in clocks, it is worth looking up the Corpus Clock on Wikipedia. The clock was unveiled in 2008. The cards are normal and still in their wrapper. Published by Galileo with The Cambridge Portfolio. Made in Austria by Piatnik.

As the clock ticks, the bird moves. The sphere has the numbers 1 to 12 around its ‘equator’. The clock has one hand which revolves around the sphere, pointing out the hour from 1 to 12. Made in Austria is stamped on the base.