Peerless grandfather clock

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  1. Redpanda

    Redpanda New Member

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    Hi there!

    I'm just trying to get information on this grandfather clock.
    It was my great grandmother's which has been passed down. My grandmother was German and had it shipped over to Australia when she moved here 70 or so years ago.

    Trying to figure out if it is of any value?
    I didnt want to pull things apart to take photos as it's missing a few parts from transporting it.. so I did the best I could with everything still attached. I couldnt find any other markings.

    Thank you!

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  2. chimeclockfan

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    Values may be discussed in the 'What is my clock worth' sub-forum. Mathias Bäuerle GmbH manufactured clock movements and components for a number of clients, both in Germany and abroad. Peerless Gong was their proprietary gong block which had several different configurations. Your clock should have four rods and it is clear that three have broken off - good quality new rods are not presently being manufactured due to supply issues, it will be some time before suitable rods are available again.
     
  3. Redpanda

    Redpanda New Member

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    Yes the rods broke during transport probably 15 years ago now so it hasnt worked for quite some time.
    We are not sure what to do with it.
    Lots of sentimental value so we would like to keep it but with it not working it has been taking up space for many years!
    Thank you!
     
  4. Tatyana

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    Hello!

    Redpanda, your clock was made circa 1924.

    BR, Tatyana
     
  5. Redpanda

    Redpanda New Member

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    Wow thank you!
    May I ask how you can tell how old it is? I've been trying to work out it out all day !
    Would there normally be any other stamps/markings on the clock that I'm yet to find?
     
  6. Tatyana

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    The company M. Bauerle in 1924 was registered signature Embee bildmarke_mathiasbauerle.jpg .

    Two movements with close serial numbers, on the second, the engraving of 1925 is visible on the pendulum bob.

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    BR, Tatyana
     
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    You could have it cleaned and repaired by a competent repair person, who would be able to replace the rods, your clock being a two weight could be used with only one rod.
     
  8. chimeclockfan

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    The clock must have all gong rods intact to produce the appropriate sound when it strikes the hours and halves. You'll be lucky if anyone still has a stock of leftover German chime rods available which may be tuned & implemented, it will be some time before the new Indian rods sold through Timesavers can be made to quality specifications.

    This is what a typical German bim-bam strike with 4 rods will sound like. The example shown was made by F. Mauthe but each German company did their own version of the same concept:
     

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