My latest project- Gustav Becker

Cherylk

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Hello! I am new here. I enjoy antiques and especially antique clocks! I learned to refinish from my dad, who was a piano restoration man. I acquired this stately, but abused clock in December. (It makes, number 79 or 80.. I think ) I got stuck at home in quarantine, so I tackled this project! This poor thing was in awful repair. It was missing the chime rod, bottom finial, and glass (as it got broken shipping) the top trim was broken off, veneer was warped and detached, the crown was missing the mounting stick, the door was falling apart, the finish was black and worn, the bottom section had about 400 lbs of glue holding it on and it looked just awful. The pendulum was very corroded, I had my doubts that it would be salvageable. When a project is in very poor condition, to the point it appears as junk, I always say “what do I have to lose??” I spent a few days giving it a make over. I got very lucky and found a Gustav Becker chime rod for it!! I ordered a reproduction bottom finial, and wall stabilizers. For now, it has a reproduction horse finial to make it look more complete. I would be interested in any more information about this clock, especially its age. I have a general idea how old it is, but knowing more specifically would be great! The movement has p64 stamped on it, I learned here, that is pendulum length. I don’t see any serial numbers, only the logo. Thanks in advance. ~Cheryl

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Dave T

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Very nice work! Most of these suffer from shrunk panels in the case back. Yours looks to be in excellent condition. One question.. who helped you move that thing around until you removed the 400 lbs. of glue? ;)
 
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KurtinSA

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Welcome to the message board! With only the logo it's a little difficult to nail down where and when the clock was built. That particular logo seems to have been used in both the Freiburg and the Braunau sites. The dates, depending on the site, range from around 1906 to 1925.

Kurt
 

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