Help with Identifying this Vienna(?) Clock.

hsjnlssmith

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My wife just got this clock for me this weekend for Father's day. She picked it up at a local sale and was told that it works well. She was not told any more about the clock though. I assume that it is a Vienna clock but I am not sure what that term (Vienna) really means. Is that a reference to a style of clock originally found in Austria and made by many makers, or is it a reference to a specific maker. The photos show that there are no markings on the movement or dial other than some number on the movement.

Any info that can be passed along on this clock would be appreciated. Also, the weight string is fishing string. Is that normal or is there a different material that the string would have been made from at the time of manufacture.

Quite a beautiful clock with the contract in dark and lighter wood colors. Look forward to getting it on the wall and ticking.

Thanks,

Henry
 

JTD

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Henry,

Your wife got you a nice clock, I especially like the huge pendulum bob. So-called Vienna clocks were made by a great many factories, some not even in Austria. Without any markings on the movement it will be very difficult to pin down your clock to one specific maker, though someone more expert that I may recognise it from some particular feature.

The weight cord would likely have been catgut originally, but many people use fishing line nowadays. There has been quite some correspondence on this message board about it in the past, so you could look in the archive.

I am sure you are going to give your clock a thorough clean before putting it on the wall. You should get years of pleasure from it and of course it will now become a family heirloom. Congratulations!

JTD
 

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This is unsigned Albert Willmann from Freiburg in Schlesien.
 

hsjnlssmith

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Thank you all for your replies. Very helpful. The lower middle finial is indeed missing. I will look more into A. Willmann for my own knowledge. Cheers, Henry
 

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