Meet Lester Biedermeier

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  1. Scottie-TX

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    #1 Scottie-TX, Oct 12, 2013
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    Please meet Lester! Lester is the latest addition here and a VERY welcome one as well as a bargain. Listed as not working this beauty arrived with the best packing and largest box I've ever seen. Box was four foot tall, eighteen inches deep and two feet wide. Inside, case, movement, and accs. were all separately banded with bubl wrap and sunk into a sea of peanuts. The door glass cracked but wasn't the fault of packing. It cracked due to a chip caused by an errant brad. So perfect the case that I only had to clean it, replace all glass with old, wavy and replace brads with my handmade tiny glaziers which is proper for most Viennas. The movement ran great right out of the packing. Not everyone understands the needs of a Vienna movement. 3 pound weight came with it but after tweaking it runs on one pound with a very robust swing. Reason I chose one pound is that with three, the pendulum swung like an 8 day shop regulator.
    Here; I share with you my latest: Meet Lester
     

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    #2 Scottie-TX, Oct 12, 2013
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    Lester is one yard tall. A marriage? That's the first question most have about their new acq. Well I don't think so but I'll share with you and you decide. On removing mounting bracket found this strange display of holes; Eight holes in four parallel pairs. Huh? Reckon what that's all about. Two holes on top of case are filled but suggest some kind of carved or gesso pediment lived there. I'm O.K. with that. I prefer it's lack of embellishment. Finally in the head scratching dept. - regulation and PL. On test for regulation found it running six mins. fast/day with nut maxed out on threads. Hmmmm. I fixed that. Pendulum with rod weighs 8 oz. Just below wearplate on back I added 2 oz. of lead strip. So as not to damage pendulum finish and easily removable I lined some scotch tape with paper where it wraps stick and when finished, painted it black to match stick. I have seen pendulum rods this narrow only on miniatures. It is not as wide as a dime! It is now in PERFECT reg. and was able to drop bob at least 1 cm. Details. I know you like them. Lester is just a nice size for my preference.
     

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    Nope; No name - nothing on case I can find; Only some nos. scratched on bottom of rear plate. Any ideas - anyone? Maker? As I hoped, it has a two piece, brassbacked bob and one of the thinnest you'll find. Detail again; Look at the beautifuly skeletonized wheel crossings in the pulley! Am I pleased? Would you be?
     

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    Yes, very!!! Lester is a very hansom fellow. Well done Scottie!!!
     
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    Very fine indeed Scottie. Congratulations!
     
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    I must say, when I grow up I want to own clocks like Scottie! I especially love those hands, but the whole unit is exceptional.
     
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    Hello Scottie, I commented on you new acquisition in the other thread. Here is a picture of a clock with the kind of pediment that yours might have had. This clock also has that wave to the case on the inside edge, an engine turned bezel and fairly similar hands but it is a Dachluhr. By the way it isn't mine: I would not prop a clock up in the yard like that!

    DSC_1408.jpg DSC_1410.jpg
     
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    And for comparison some detail of the hands, engine turning and pulleys from my clock which I have dated with reasonable certainty to about 1840.

    schmuszler dial detail.JPG Schmuszler Pulleys.JPG
     
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    Hmmm; Yeah, thanks SVEN; . . . . but why do you class it, "dachluhr" - because it is six light? Really not too fond of that top piece but do like the open carving types. Also not too crazy about the wavy division below dial - too much wavy there. THANKS!
     
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    I called it a Dachluhr based on the six light, date and the pediment though carved is still architectural in form. It isn't my favourite clock either. It was offered for sale but I didn't buy it. I just posted it because it has an intact top and certain similarities to your clock. I think clocks with missing tops look wrong, like a house without a roof or a fireplace without a mantlepiece.
     
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    Yep! No surprise that again we agree. I agree that altho I love the looks of it, the top definitely does shout, "something is missing!" I'll passively be seeking a nice open carving - gesso or wood.
    THANKS a millyun for your counsel and opinions.
     
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    All true gentlemen take their hat off when they are indoors! I don't think clocks of Lester's breeding need the unnecessary and often overly flamboyant crowns they were adorned with. To me, they look like someone stuck a Christmas tree on their roof. But, that's just me:glasses:
     
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    Lester has found a good home, nice to meet Lester. And running on one pound, very nice indeed.
     
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    Absolutely beautiful!
     
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    Thanks GDog! I won't tire of looking at this any time soon. At eight weeks here now Lester has become VERY accurate and hasn't even considered stopping on one pound with GREAT supplemental arc.
    "Wieners; they're not for everyone".
     
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    Beautiful clock. I love the finely done details like the engine turning and the pulley spokes...from a time when care and pride was taken in producing most things.

    Eric
     
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    Ooooh! What a gorgeous find! I'd be happy with that purchase, too!
     

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