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- Feb 16, 2017
Hi UhraltYour clock was made in the Black Forest area of Germany for export to the English market. Fehrenbach is the name of the person who sold the clock. He may be related to the maker, as Fehrenbach is a common name in the Black Forest area. Often the sons of clock makers were in the import/export business. The clock has wooden arbors (Holzspindeln) and was made around 1810 plus/minus a decade or so.
Very interesting article. Probably Berthold was the one signed on the dial of your clock. It seems that I have to revise my guess with regard to the age of the clock. It is more likely around 1850 given the dates shown in the article. Not often you can find so much information about a maker of a Black Forest clock. I still believe that the clock was built in Germany and exported to be sold by the Fehrenbach family. That was the business model of that time.Hi Uhralt
Thank you for the all the info, i have just found this on line about the maker Guide 13: Bridge House | Bishop's Stortford & Thorley - A History & Guide
Go to the bottom of the page
I wonder if anyone can help me identify the Fehrenbach who made this clock? It is a spring driven wall clock, very much in the Black Forest style, with the pivots running in wooden plates. It belongs to a friend who has asked me to revive it - although the case is a bit of a mess (peeling veneer & woodworm), the movement seems to work. The dial reads:Yes, there were quite a number of Fehrenbachs in various parts of the UK, dealing in clocks and watches. The late and much missed Doug Stevenson and I researched a lot of German clockmakers in UK, Doug was going to write something about them but sadly he died. I still have the notes somewhere but am away from home at the moment.
As Uhralt says, Fehrenbach is a common Black Forest name and there were several branches of that name working in UK, dealing in the kind of clock which you have.
I will do my best to help but I need to see what you are looking at and the JPG attachment at the bottom of you post won't open.
Pleasepost a photo of the dial.
Good to hear that you can now see it & thanks for your efforts thus far. I've tried looking at the name in UV light & also looked for likely matches in road atlas indexes ..... but still have not come up with anything. A friend found a Fehrenbach in Perth which is a closer source than many of them - but the town name is obviously not that! I wish that owners were more careful when inserting their keys!! I'll keep digging.
No - wooden plates but brass wheels. The pivots appear to be running directly in the wood without brass bushings. When I wind the spring slightly it ticks away quite happily even though I haven't cleaned it at all.Has your clock got a wooden movement?