German Drop Dial Clock ?

Discussion in 'General Clock Discussions' started by KBwindup, Feb 13, 2020.

  1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.
  1. KBwindup

    KBwindup Registered User
    NAWCC Member

    Apr 23, 2017
    Country Flag:
    Hi all
    I have what I think is a German wall clock. I ve read that German manufacturers made 'American' clock lookalikes upto approx 1880 but I think this clock is a bit later than that as 'J.Hartman', the retailer, only began operating at around this time until the 1930's.
    I suppose it could be one of the a/m German knockoffs but I ve never come across one before and was wondering what the general consensus is.
    The movement looks more twentieth century to me but I m not sure. It is unmarked bar '5 105' on the bottom left and 53/9 on the bottom right.
    Any help would be appreciated.

    20200205_150949.jpg 20200125_131658.jpg 20200125_131917.jpg 20200206_085522.jpg
  2. Tatyana

    Tatyana Registered User

    Jan 2, 2016
    Saint Petersburg
    Country Flag:
    Hi, Eamonn.
    This movement is made by F.Mauthe, compare with the picture from the 1924 FMS catalog:

    Mauthe 1924 154.jpg
    53/9 = movement serial number 5379
    '5 105' = pendulum length 45, number of oscillations of the pendulum 105.

    BR, Tatyana
  3. KBwindup

    KBwindup Registered User
    NAWCC Member

    Apr 23, 2017
    Country Flag:
    Thanks a million Tatyana, that's great to know. I thought it was a German movement but wasn't sure.
    I m wondering now if it wasn't a replacement movement put in afterwards as I m guessing that the octagonal drop dial case was a bit old fashioned by the 1920's but maybe not.
    Thanks again, most appreciated
  4. JTD

    JTD Registered User

    Sep 27, 2005
    This style of case was fairly 'timeless' and I don't think it would have been out place in the 1920s (also the dial fits in with the date). Unless you can see obvious signs of another movement having been there, I see no reason to think this is not the original one.


Share This Page