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Gustav Becker model identification

CCInet

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Hi. I bring this Gustav Becker found in South America.
I have not seen this model on the internet. I estimate it is 20s or 30s.
The box is quite poorly treated, many layers of varnish, woodworm, and moisture that have raised the veneer.
I will gradually show progress in restoration.
It seems that two hammers and two rods are missing in the strike. The rest is complete although with years of disuse.
If anyone has images of the clock in original condition I am very grateful.
Thank you.

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The gong block should have a name on it, denoting which type of strike it has. VFU/Gustav Becker had several named gongs and configurations which varied over the years, they were one of the most dedicated companies when it came to gong engineering. DRP 177600 was granted in 1906 and refers to a silent rack strike setup so your clock does not predate that year. The usage of a rod gong block would push it back to no earlier than 1907 when VFU/Gustav Becker began developing its improved rod gong designs.
 
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CCInet

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The gong block should have a name on it, denoting which type of strike it has. VFU/Gustav Becker had several named gongs and configurations which varied over the years, they were one of the most dedicated companies when it came to gong engineering. DRP 177600 was granted in 1906 and refers to a silent rack strike setup so your clock does not predate that year. The usage of a rod gong block would push it back to no earlier than 1907 when VFU/Gustav Becker began developing its improved rod gong designs.
Two rods and two hammers missing?

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The 3/4 Symphonie Gong, sometimes known as Symphony Harfen-Gong, bim-bam strikes on the quarter hours and on the top of the hour, counts out the hours. There should be 7 rods and hammers on your clock, so some are missing. A larger version of the same setup with 8 hammers and rods is shown here, noting the different gong casting pattern:

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