Franz heckel wien regulator clock

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  1. cucoclock

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    #1 cucoclock, Aug 9, 2009
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    Hello,

    I would like to show you this interesting regulator clock.

    Dial clock is signed "FRANZ HECKEL IN WIEN".

    The precision of this clock is very good. I love this kind of clocks for two reason: cases are often very nices, and also accurate time perfectly.

    You can see here some pictures.

    Does any have some information about FRANZ HECKEL?. Is this name a clockmaker name?, a company name?, a clock seller name?

    I really apreciate all information, opinions, etc, about this piece.

    Thank you in advance, and let´s take a look to the clock.

    Best regards,
    Miguel.

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  2. jmclaugh

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    Hi Miguel, that is a very lovely serpentine regulator with very nice bezel and fine hands. Franz Heckel is listed by Ortenburger as a small clockmaker, 1818 became master and 1819 citizen Leopoldstadt Vienna, living there 1852. Ortenburger's book on Vienna Regulators shows two of clocks. The case style was popular from around 1860-70.
     
  3. Chris Radano

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    If the dial + case are original to each other, looks like transitional styling from the late biedermeier period to serpentine. The dial has characteristics of the biedermeier period, i.e. the numerals, hands, and piecrust bezel. The dates given would make the styling correct possibly later 1850's. Very nice example, illustrating why clocks can be so interesting.
     
  4. cucoclock

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    Hello jmclaugh,

    Thank you very much for your help.

    I bought this clock 4 months ago, and I´m really happy with it.
    I love precision clocks like this.
    As a collector of antiques clocks, this tipe of clock is not the only one, but is one of my prefers.

    Best regards,
    Miguel
     
  5. cucoclock

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    Hi Chris,

    Thank you very much for your information.

    I agree with you, antiques clocks can be very interesting. We just must to find and sure we´ll see beautifull pieces.

    Best regards,
    Miguel
     
  6. Scottie-TX

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    #6 Scottie-TX, Aug 9, 2009
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    Case looks a little too new to me. I suspect this is a re-cased movement - an old movement in a more recent case. Dial looks almost too good. Now Heckel may have been the maker or seller but if dial were replaced or reshot (re-made) - any name could be applied.
    One piece, piecrust dial is also somewhat inconsistent with this transitional period case. Some transitionals had three piece piecrust dials but very few.
    Hands are nice - typical but also do not look old. Can't be certain without seeing them closer or the back sides of them.
    Pendulum bob - lense - does not look old. Is it? If bob is not old, I would replace it with an old one, larger and thinner.
    Beautiful clock.
     
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    Hello Scottie-TX,

    Thank you very much for your opinion.

    We almost never can be sure about antiques clock. I really apreciate your commnet.

    Kind regards,
    Miguel
     
  8. Grant Perry

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    Very nice clock. I would be happy to own it :D
    Grant
     
  9. Jay

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    Miguel

    That is one beautiful clock. I tend to agree with Scottie... it does look newer... and very "unscathed" given the time frame for an antique clock.
    All that aside it is a great looking clock.... I would be happy to hang it on my wall.

    Jay
     

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