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Looking for help identifying an old clock

pbowe

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I got this clock at a an antique store several years ago and was wondering if anyone has any information on it. It has what looks like handmade inlay. The concave glass is beautiful, full of bubbles and waves but a little milky in one corner. The case is open (no sides), there are eye hooks on the back plate, I'm unsure if that means it originally had sides. The case is all wood, and there is a single bell at the top that chimes on the hour. The back has three wood pegs, one of which the pendulum hangs from, and appears to be nailed (and possibly glued) on. It runs well and keeps good time. I haven't taken the faceplate off yet, it seems to be held on by a single screw and nails in all 4 corners (see last photo).

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Jessk09

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Those “nails” are actually i think pins/hooks holding the dial in, the clock is of Black Forest origin, but sadly i cannot supply a date.
I own a similar, yet different clock that has those hooks and those little sticky outy pin things. Attached are photos of my clock.

Regards, Jessk09


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pbowe

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A fairly typical Black Forest striking (not chiming!) clock from 1860 - 1900.
Thanks! Knowing it's Black Forest, I was able to track down that this type of clock is referred to as a 'wag on the wall' clock. That should help me get more info.
 

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The movement and case are somewhat unusual. Usually clocks with the pendulum behind the back plate and having these "pegs" have wheels with wooden arbors. Yours has the steel arbors that are normally seen in cases where the back plate mounts directly to the wall (no pegs) and the pendulum is attached through a cut-out in the bottom plate. Your clock is somewhat the transition between the older and newer style.

Uhralt
 
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Ticktocktime100

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Hi,

I can only add that the clock is closer to 1860-1870 in date than to 1900. The inlaid hexagonal dial frame suggests/indicates that the clock was exported from the Black Forest as were a great many, usually to England, Ireland and Scotland.

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