Goal: $300, Received: $55.00 (18%) Contribute Now
Donate whatever you can or Join the 14,000 other NAWCC members for only $80 (plus $10 for hard copy publications). Check it out here.

Page 1 of 3 123 LastLast
Results 1 to 15 of 36
  1. #1

    Default Lfs grandfather clock

    Hello all I'm new to this site so bare with me. I just lost a good friend of mine and I received this clock from his kids. The only thing I know is on the back of the movement it says LFS and the #20. Here are a few pic's.Click image for larger version. 

Name:	20170715_105948.jpg 
Views:	61 
Size:	414.4 KB 
ID:	350222Click image for larger version. 

Name:	20170715_110119.jpg 
Views:	49 
Size:	452.9 KB 
ID:	350223Click image for larger version. 

Name:	20170715_110211.jpg 
Views:	62 
Size:	433.7 KB 
ID:	350219Click image for larger version. 

Name:	20170715_110211.jpg 
Views:	62 
Size:	433.7 KB 
ID:	350219
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Click image for larger version. 

Name:	20170715_110424.jpg 
Views:	45 
Size:	280.6 KB 
ID:	350220   Click image for larger version. 

Name:	20170715_110025.jpg 
Views:	41 
Size:	438.8 KB 
ID:	350221   Click image for larger version. 

Name:	20170715_115645.jpg 
Views:	40 
Size:	429.3 KB 
ID:	350224   Click image for larger version. 

Name:	20170715_110232.jpg 
Views:	46 
Size:	363.4 KB 
ID:	350225  

  2. #2

    Default Re: Lfs grandfather clock (By: s91five0)

    i don't know much about LFS clocks, but the first thing i would try is using the advanced search box in the upper right of this page and searching the site for LFS.

    or, you can use the power search / google method... just search google but specify this site, i.e.:

    LFS grandfather clock site:mb.nawcc.org

    i prefer the second method, and typically open each of the search results in a new tab or window so when i close them i still have the search results.

    nice looking clock, by the way...
    i collect antique clocks because i get all that extra time...

  3. #3

    Default Re: Lfs grandfather clock (By: s91five0)

    LFS stands for Lorenz Furtwängler Söhne, a well-known German clock maker in Furtwangen. The company had a long history, founded in 1836 and dissolved in 1936. They made good quality clocks but due to management problems and the decline in sales, they could not continue.

    You don't show us the LFS logo, but if you could post a photo of it, it would help to date the clock, as different styles of logo were registered at different times.

    The clock is quite attractive, at least to my eye, although I wonder a little about the top piece. Is it all one piece?

    Until we see the logo and can (maybe) date you clock more exactly, I would put it a the first quarter of 20th century and probably before WW1.

    JTD

  4. #4

    Default Re: Lfs grandfather clock (By: JTD)

    Here is a pic its not that clear had to use a mirror to see it.Click image for larger version. 

Name:	20170715_195251.jpg 
Views:	48 
Size:	352.6 KB 
ID:	350258

  5. #5

    Default Re: Lfs grandfather clock (By: JTD)

    Hello, yes it is one piece

  6. #6

    Default Re: Lfs grandfather clock (By: s91five0)

    Well, it's really very hard to see, but I think this is the mark registered in either 1914 or 1919 (mikrolisk says 1914, the 'Lexikon der Deutschen Uhrenindustrie' says 1919). Maybe when you take the movement out of the case you can post a clearer photo and we might be able to be more definite.

    JTD

  7. #7
    Registered user. Tatyana's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2016
    Location
    Saint Petersburg
    Posts
    80

    Default Re: Lfs grandfather clock (By: s91five0)

    Hi all!
    s91five0, I assume Your clock made circa 1900, a later movement produced after 1903 year. Number #3195 + patent 142125 (29 june 1903).
    BR, Tatyana
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Click image for larger version. 

Name:	20160819_234356_1.jpg 
Views:	25 
Size:	93.2 KB 
ID:	350265   Click image for larger version. 

Name:	20160819_234351_1.jpg 
Views:	21 
Size:	40.0 KB 
ID:	350266  

  8. #8

    Default Re: Lfs grandfather clock (By: Tatyana)

    Yes, this is the mark registered 1914 (or 1919, depending where you look!). But until we can see the back of the movement we don't know if the patent number is there, nor what the serial number is.

    JTD

  9. #9

    Default Re: Lfs grandfather clock

    The serial number is 20 and the gear with LFS. This clock was given to me and don't wanna mess with the movement. Here's one more pic. You can see the zero and in front of the zero is a 2. The LFS is in fancy lettering.Click image for larger version. 

Name:	20170716_112417.jpg 
Views:	107 
Size:	391.5 KB 
ID:	350267

  10. #10

    Default Re: Lfs grandfather clock (By: Tatyana)

    Mine just has the LFS IN A GEAR CIRCLE and the serial number below says 20

  11. #11

    Default Re: Lfs grandfather clock (By: Tatyana)

    Hello there, my back of the movement doesn't look like yours. It has the LFS logo and below that is the number 20.

  12. #12
    Registered user.
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Location
    Calif. USA
    Posts
    13,530

    Default Re: Lfs grandfather clock (By: s91five0)

    Quote Originally Posted by s91five0 View Post
    The serial number is 20 and the gear with LFS. This clock was given to me and don't wanna mess with the movement. Here's one more pic. You can see the zero and in front of the zero is a 2. The LFS is in fancy lettering.
    You will need to do something about the gong laying on the movement.
    These clocks also needs periodic cleaning and oiling. Things like removing the pendulum and weights
    ( check which is heavier. They are often different ) and sliding the movement out
    can often save the cost of a house trip to remove and install the movement.
    It is a lovely clock but running and maintaining them is no a minor issue. As a minimum,
    you need to learn how to set the beat.
    I don't know how you dealt with moving but typically the weights and pendulum
    are removed. The chains secured and often the movement removed.
    There is often a pendulum leader that needs to be unattached to avoid damaging
    the suspension spring. This depends on if it is a one piece pendulum rod.
    These are all things you'd need to do to safely move the clock.
    These older movement are heavy and care must be taken if removing
    so they don't fall when loosened.
    Tinker Dwight

  13. #13

    Default Re: Lfs grandfather clock (By: Tinker Dwight)

    Hello there, that is a mirror there. Had to use it to take pic. So when you look at it the letters are backwards. Everything works great with this clock. I moved the clock here to my house with no problems, Took off the pendulum and weights. tied the chains together so they wouldn't come off. It was moved very carefully. I love this clock!!

  14. #14

    Default Re: Lfs grandfather clock (By: s91five0)

    Sorry, this picture is no better than the others - still can't really see the logo. Both the marks have LFS in 'fancy lettering' inside a wheel, but it is the design of the wheel and the letters that tell us the date.

    I doubt if 20 is the serial number, although I suppose it could be. I've never seen an LFS serial that low, but that doesn't mean it couldn't be.

    Anyway, you will have to move the movement forward at some point, because as Tinker Dwight says, it is scrunched up against the gong and it will never go like that.

    It is a nice clock and well worth putting in order, so if you are nervous about doing anything to it yourself, try to find a reputable clock repairer and let him help you. If you can't find one (you don't mention where you are situated), then contact your local NAWCC chapter (there are instructions on how to find the various chapters at the head of the forum) and ask them. They will surely be able to advise you.

    JTD

  15. #15

    Default Re: Lfs grandfather clock

    Thanks so much for your input. I will try to get a better pic. Guess I have to get my hands dirty!! lolol, also it might not be the serial # but it does say 20 under the LFS symbol.

Similar Threads

  1. Replies: 26
    Last Post: 02-18-2014, 02:58 AM
  2. Restoring This LFS Grandfather Clock: Chains,Gong and Pendulum Shaft
    By prideofmatchingham in forum Clocks General.
    Replies: 9
    Last Post: 02-10-2014, 01:43 AM
  3. LFS Grandfather Clock Dating
    By prideofmatchingham in forum Clocks General.
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 04-20-2013, 02:50 PM
  4. Grandfather Clock Information LFS Furtwangler Sohne?
    By dalking in forum Clocks General.
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 04-17-2013, 01:10 PM
  5. Grandfather Clock
    By apjarvis in forum Clock Repair
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 11-21-2004, 06:12 AM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •