LFS clock dating

Yola

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Hello,

I know nothing about clocks and I would like to ask a few questions about my inherited LFS clock:
Any help on dating?
Glass landscape looks unusual, I have not seen any other example online.
Are the weights original or replacement? If not, how original ones should look like?
I remember this working 30 years ago - what needs to be done to bring it back to life? No clue how much I should pay and if mechanism is complete.
What is worth?

Thanks

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Ticktocktime100

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Hi,

A nice clock you have - it is commonly termed a « Bilderrahmenuhr » (picture clock) because of the reverse painted landscape on the glass. I have seen a few of these clocks and wouldn’t exactly call them rare, but it is comparatively rare to find them in such good condition, with all finials and no cracks in the glass, which appears to be the case here. Your clock dates to around 1870. The weights are of the appropriate style for the clock, hard to tell whether they are original or not from a single photograph - it is entirely possible. They may have been somewhat « refreshed » over time with black paint. If they are replacements, they are good ones so it scarcely matters. I have my doubts about the pendulum however, I’d have expected it to be carved wood, but I may be wrong, It is worth restoring, what part of the world are you in? An overhaul (cleaning and oiling) is needed, but the movement is complete. The best thing to do would be to get a few quotes from competent horologists near you. With regard to value, it is hard to say. Assuming you are in the US, a fair estimate would be $300-$500 restored given its good cosmetic condition. I would guess the repair would cost around half my lower estimate.

Regards.
 

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