Purchased this in a antique fair on Saturday, the seller said it was from a post office. It's frame is wood, with metal bushings for the pivots. It goes but a problem with the bell can't get it too stop ringing! No marks or dates etc. Can anybody give me any info on it please
It's a German clock (wooden framed movement) with alarm. These are often called Postman's Clocks, though there is very little evidence that they were ever used by postmen.
These clocks were made in huge numbers by home workers in the Black Forest area and exported to UK and other countries from about 1860-1900, and sometimes distributed by itinerant German clock peddlers.
The 30 hour Black Forest wall clocks that were exported to England frequently had round dials, perhaps to cater to what was thought to be English tastes and simulate a dial clock.
The postman's clock supplanted the niche formerly occupied by hooded clocks. Hooded clocks were among the least expensive English clocks, and were often used by the servant and lower classes. But these Black Forest clocks were even cheaper still. There weren't many English hooded clocks made after the late 1820s, which coincides with the beginning of the import of Black Forest clocks, reaching their height in numbers during the first 3 quarters of the Victorian era.