- Sep 18, 2008
The clock runs fine!Very pretty! What do you mean to "test"? Looks like the top will lift off once the clips are moved. Then, wind the clock, and make sure the beat is set.
If you really want to know what metal it is, maybe Herr Kern could be of help. As far as I know, he still replies to questions about their clocks. If he does reply, let us know just as a matter of record.You are right. It is definitly no BRASS!
It is no iron, because it is not magnetic.
After testing the top cover on it's underside, the material is silvery and softI
It's probably tin, or, at best zinc die casting.
brasses include a grey color metal.While I'm sure there could have been variations, over the years, I had a similarly constructed full size Kern where the dial included a place where there was a spot of the plating missing (I'm guessing due to corrosion, but it could have been damage from a drop). If I had to guess, I'd say it was spelter, underneath. Dark gray like cast iron. and not soft like tin, lead or pewter.