Anyone recognize this clock?

Wimberleytech

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A neighbor is asking me to fix this. It is missing a minute hand which can probably make if I saw an original...or just base it on the hour hand.
But, I would like to know something about it before diving in.

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What does it say on the dial? And is there something nearly blocked out by the case at the bottom of the dial?

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JTD

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And is there something nearly blocked out by the case at the bottom of the dial?
Yes. I think there is. Might be either FRANCE or GERMANY.

I have a feeling this REX with a crown has come up here before, but am not sure.

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This clock has finally arrived in my shop. It was missing the minute hand as shown in the earlier photo.
I have designed and 3d printed a hand that I think looks good.
Now I am pondering using this hand as a prototype to cut the final hand from metal. Alternatively, I may just leave it as a 3d printed hand and improve the finishing and final paint coat.

If I choose to cut the hand from metal, I would like some ideas about a good starting material that is easily sourced.

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At the bottom-middle of the backplate there appears to be a logo / trademark (or possibly just a smudge). Unfortunately, the picture provided, even under 300% magnification, does not clearly show what is there.

Can you provide a better picture of that area of the backplate?

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is there something nearly blocked out by the case at the bottom of the dial?
Yes. I think there is. Might be either FRANCE or GERMANY.
Please can I remind you that some of us believe there is a word at the bottom of the dial almost completely hidden by the bezel. Can you have a look and tell us what is says? (or, even better, post a photo).

JTD
 

Wimberleytech

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I have reminded myself. No, the area at the bottom of the bezel is simply where paint has flaked away.
 

JTD

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French according to Kochmann View attachment 728585
Kochmann is often very unreliable, but in this case I wonder if he might be right. The dial is a very French art deco style and the date in Kochmann's book would fit.

I've never heard of Barral et Cie, but perhaps the company was not in business very long - I can't find it in any books I have.

JTD
 
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Wimberleytech

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I do like that dial. Clock springs make good hands. You can partly anneal, if necessary. Willie X
Here is where I am on this hand. Using your advice, I used a piece of mainspring after annealing it a bit. This still needs some more work plus polishing and painting.
Cutting the square was a challenge and it is a little "floppy" on the post when mounted. Not surprised. I have an idea about how to address this. We'll see.

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