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Salsagev

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You can post it in general clock discussions or newest clock acquisition.
 
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TimWK

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I have 2 Gustav Becker 3 weight wall clocks. Both of these clocks came with weights of different weights. The first one made in 1873has very light weights, both under 3lbs. My newest was made in 1906 and both weights are over 31/2lbs. I have put the lighter weights on the newer clock and it still keeps excellent time,

Is there a general rule of thumb as to how to select the proper weight for the weights?

I hope someone will be able to answer this question.

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Milev

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Hello everyone, I recently opened this forum and I am glad to be able to show my Gustav Becker watch here. I will be happy with everything I learn about it. I apologize for my poor English.

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Welcome to the message board! Thanks for showing your nice Gustav Becker clock...quite ornate. The serial number dates to the clock to the middle of 1903. The P42 means that the pendulum length is 42 centimeters.

Kurt
 

DeWe

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hi,
I'm happy to found this forum. In German forum I haven't found so much information about Gustav Becker clock 's like here.
A few days ago I found an old Gustav Becker clock in the trash house. In the darkness the first look was ok and the Key was also available. I like mechanics clocks and so I pick-up them up...There was nothing to loose.

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During light I've seen that someone glue a second dial(ring) on the dial plate.....This was the first thing, which I've removed.
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Additional there was around the mechanics fiberglass wool *argh* to eliminate the sound (tick tack or the Gong?) Uncomfortable the wool was not secured for a contact of the clockwork and I hope that there is not so much dirt between the wheels

The clockwork has no Serialnummer. It's marked only as a Gustav Becker , P42 and Mod 1915
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The clock should be around 1915 and made in Freiburg?
Does someone has more information about the clock? I've read a lot of page's and look a lot of picture from search results, but didn't find any specific information.

Now I'm waiting of a new dial (buyer on Ebay) to give the clock a better look. Uncomfortable the correct pendel (same motive as in the middle of the dial) was not available
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Welcome to the message board! Nice that you can save this from the dumpster!! As far as dating goes, have you see this post by John Hubby:

Post Your Gustav Becker Clocks Here | NAWCC Forums

Things get a little harder to date when there's no serial number. But based upon the logo on the back plate, I think it most closely matches that for Freiburg 1923-1932. I can't figure out what the "Mod 1915" means...there are no common numbers with the P42 which is pendulum length so hard to tell, but the 1915 doesn't have the same format in my eyes, so maybe added later? But it does suggest a date, not sure what it means though.

Kurt
 

DeWe

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there are some issue, where I'm struggling too about the age. I've look all 66 pages of this thread. Newer clock boxes have one the left and right side glas...this box has textile . It's broken on both this...but it doesn't matter
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the clockwork is also fixed on a woodplate and can adjust left and right with 2 screw from the button
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also on some print from the catalog I couldn't found the grafic from the pendulumand added
in the internal circle of the dial) Maybe this could be help to identify this from the catalog. Uncomfortable I couldn't found a copy in the internet. On the pages 400day (where is a reference in this thread)... there is nothing anymore :(
 
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Sergio Vasquez

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Hi DeWe

This is the first time I've seen a Silesia P42 movement with a Mod1915 legend.

Those movements haven't series number, that can be related to the year when there have been built or any of the cities where GB Clocks were made or assembled (Freiburg or Braunau).

My clock is a Silesia P42 as well and based on the logos, it belong to a period of years, but not precise.

Let's wait for the experts if they can add more detailed information.

Sergio
 

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I can't figure out what the "Mod 1915" means.
John Hubby has put forth the the following suggestion in this thread:

The "Mod. 1915" has been found on different movement designs, not only this one. It appears to have reference to changes introduced in 1915, no other information has been found as yet. It doesn't refer to the actual year made, the serial numbers provide that information.
Following that suggestion, "Mod." would seem to be an abbreviation for Modifikation, Modifizierung, or the like.
 

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The only thing that I'm familiar with regarding 1915 and Becker is the introduction of their 4-ball pendulum for torsion clocks in 1915. JUF had the patent on them and it ran out in 1915. Obviously not directly related to swinging pendulum clocks.

Kurt
 

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Hi all,

I recently bought two GB, all produced in Braunau, the first around 1892 (90960) which is weight driven. The second one was in an case I bought (407237) from 1908? has a spring. The older one has a pendulum, which was not original, the guide for the pendulum was wrong, 3mm wide... The pendulum was marked A61 and about 63cm long, the bob 14,5 cm.

The second is missing a pendulum all along. At that time there was no stamp on the back suggesting the length of the pendulum required. What could it be? The wheel are stamped with a 7 if this gives a clue.

Regarding the older one Was there a differnet length longer than P27 like P29. I counted the teeth and came to the conclution this clock may not run longer than 5 days. Is that possible?
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Alexander
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Welcome to the message board! The dates on the clocks are a little different...the 90XXX is from first part of 1893 while the 407XXX is from the first half of 1907. Others can help with the pendulum questions.

Kurt
 

DeWe

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The newer one, around 1907, could be a running time of 7 day's. It's simular as our clock at home.

( If I received another pendulum (Messing) color in gold) during the next days, could I post here a picture of a smooth Restauration with another dial face, or must/should I open another thread?)
 
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AlexandreVienna

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I know Kurt, I am aware of the wonderful work John did on Gustav Becker with the help of our Polnish friends . Unfortunatly here in Austria and Germany is a GB Comunitywhich is ignorant to the fact that Braunau has a different serial number system. I frequently see clocks claimed to be from the 1880 with a bar gong...
I am very happy to be here!
Thanks
 

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The newer one, around 1907, could be a running time of 7 day's. It's simular as our clock at home.

( If I received another pendulum (Messing) color in gold) during the next days, could I post here a picture of a smooth Restauration with another dial face, or must/should I open another thread?)
what length is the pendulum of yours?
I know the spring driven will be a week or more, I just changed the spring which was bent. Alas maybe allready 70 years ago and than forgotten.

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DeWe

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The mechanism is a P42.
Please keep in mind, that this is the length in total. The size is up from the pendulum spring till the end of the pendulum. This means you must add to the length of the pendulum the length of the holder of the pendulum. It should be in your case also round about 10cm.
 
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