This section is from the "A Complete Dictionary of Dry Goods" book, by George S. Cole. Also available from Amazon: A complete dictionary of dry goods and history of silk, cotton, linen, wool and other fibrous substances,: Including a full explanation of the modern processes ... together with various useful tables.
This suggestion is applicable to any line of goods, although the design calls for its construction of notions. It is made by taking boards and cleating them together, then sawing two circles, the size you can conveniently build in your window. It is only necessary to trim the face of one circle, as the other is at the back of the window and serves merely as a support, being attached to the front one by strips. This double circle is then supported by four uprights. The face of the clock is first covered with white cloth cut on the bias so as not to wrinkle. The hour numerals are made by wiring tooth brushes on as shown, the invisible wire passing through an awl hole in the board and twisted tightly on the back side. The hands are made with two long combs; a minute hand is made with a nailbrush placed on a painted dial. A border of fancy buttons on cards surrounds the dial and an edge of spools of embroidery silk or thread surrounds all. These may be strung on a stout cord until enough are had to surround the dial, then fasten to the edge by driving small staples over the thread into the edge of the circle. The supports are covered with handkerchiefs. The pendulum is a seat supported by two ribbons bearing a doll, and having circular sidepieces of pasteboard covered with handkerchiefs. An invisible wire running from the seat through a screw-eye at the side of the window back to the interior of the store, and pulled occasionally, will keep the pendulum in motion.