German Clock Family Heirloom

Robert111

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My wife owns an old clock handed down through the family. She's always been curious about it and has almost no information other than it was a wedding present to her great aunt and uncle in 1913.

She would like to know anything about its quality and age. It has a mahogany case, so I'm thinking that's a sign of good quality.

It seems complete, but she's been reluctant to wind it. I volunteered to hang the weight and wind it, but she would rather not take that chance. Is she being overly cautious?

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new2clocks

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My wife owns an old clock handed down through the family. She's always been curious about it and has almost no information other than it was a wedding present to her great aunt and uncle in 1913.

She would like to know anything about its quality and age. It has a mahogany case, so I'm thinking that's a sign of good quality.

It seems complete, but she's been reluctant to wind it. I volunteered to hang the weight and wind it, but she would rather not take that chance. Is she being overly cautious?

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Welcome to the forum.

Your clock was made by Junghans, a German company and one of the most prolific clock makers for many years.

Your clock was made in the 19teens. If you move the pendulum crutch to show the markings (see your third picture), we can let you know what year the movement was manufactured.

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senhalls

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It looks like it was made in second half of 1910 . Hank the pendulum on it and try to run it . What can it hurt ? Long term , it should be overhauled as it may never have been done . it's dirty and would accelerate wear .
 

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Taking a cue from the instructions, if original to the clock, the Vereinigte Uhrenfabriken Gebrüder Junghans & Thomas Haller AG, Schramberg, was founded in 1900 with the merger of Thomas Haller and Gebrüder Junghans. There seems to have been a parting of the ways (informally?) in 1902, but no formal dissolution of the merger until about 1911. So, 1910 might be the correct year for the clock movement.
 

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It seems complete, but she's been reluctant to wind it. I volunteered to hang the weight and wind it, but she would rather not take that chance. Is she being overly cautious?
Yes, she is. As has been said above, hang the pendulum, wind the three winding arbors, give the pendulum a nudge to start it swinging and see if it runs - you're not going to damage anything by trying.

But as has also been said above, it very likely needs a good cleaning and overhaul.

JTD
 

Robert111

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new2clocks, Senhalls, Steven Thornberry, and JTD,

Thanks very much for the welcome and all the replies. I'm happy to have such a close estimate of the age and advice about the service it will need. We will probably go ahead with that.

There is a clock repair business located about 40 minutes away and we can take it there. Would anyone hazard a guess as to the approximate cost (within $200) of cleaning, lubrication, and adjustment. Realistically, the clock may need something more than this, but the cost of basic cleaning, lube, and adjustment is the minimum we can expect. Thanks again!
 

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Here's two descriptive catalogs showing some clocks similar to your own.
Thomas Haller is still referred to in literature as late as 1910:



The chime rod unit is known as the Rohr Gong, covered under DRP 154523.
See the patent here:


The usual rule of clocks is 'If you don't know when it was serviced, it's time to have it serviced'.
Your clock looks to be in good physical condition and quite clean.
Be sure that your clock repair business is certified and can uphold quality work: there are many small-town 'repair' shops
that have done lackluster work due to lack of experience. Depending on how much needs to be repaired, will dictate the final cost.
Having the original directions and chime music score is especially unusual as this piece tends to go missing or withers away with age.
You have a very nice clock and it's certainly worth keeping around.
 

Robert111

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Here's two descriptive catalogs showing some clocks similar to your own.
Thomas Haller is still referred to in literature as late as 1910:



The chime rod unit is known as the Rohr Gong, covered under DRP 154523.
See the patent here:


The usual rule of clocks is 'If you don't know when it was serviced, it's time to have it serviced'.
Your clock looks to be in good physical condition and quite clean.
Be sure that your clock repair business is certified and can uphold quality work: there are many small-town 'repair' shops
that have done lackluster work due to lack of experience. Depending on how much needs to be repaired, will dictate the final cost.
Having the original directions and chime music score is especially unusual as this piece tends to go missing or withers away with age.
You have a very nice clock and it's certainly worth keeping around.
 

Robert111

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chimeclockfan

Wow, ccf, those original catalogs are gorgeous! Congratulations on them. So interesting! I'd love to have one of those alarm clocks!

Thank you for sharing and for the suggestion to check the shop's certification and reputation.

That clock and the directions for the chime are typical of the things my wife's family has passed down. There must be what I would call a PPD gene (Preserve. Protect. Defend.) :)
 
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