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philkeys

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Here is a Lenzkirch wall clock that I recently acquired and restored. The case dimensions are 4' 2" tall, 16" wide and 7" deep.

There are no maker's marks on the front of the dial or on the movement plates. The serial number 133596 appears on the bottom of the movement back plate and also on the back of the dial. A small digit "6" appears on the bottom of the inside of the movement back plate.

Notes that came with the clock include a business card for Hartzell & Collins architects, Minneapolis from the 1920s.

My guess is that the wood is walnut.

Phil Keys

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Copperdragon3

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Here's my Lenzkirch wall clock I picked up on eBay. It's pretty original and has very wavy glass with small inclusions in it. Also came with the original key. The seller said his father in law brought it back from Germany during WWII. The serial number is somewhere in the 950000 range; is there any way to put a date on the clock based on serial numbers? It keeps very accurate time!

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LenzkirchFan

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Here's my Lenzkirch wall clock I picked up on eBay. It's pretty original and has very wavy glass with small inclusions in it. Also came with the original key. The seller said his father in law brought it back from Germany during WWII. The serial number is somewhere in the 950000 range; is there any way to put a date on the clock based on serial numbers? It keeps very accurate time!

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Your movement was made approximately 1893 plus or minus a couple years. No exact dates for most Lenzkirch movements since serial number data was lost.

Steve
 

SMuhlbauer

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Your clock was made approximately 1903 plus or minus a couple years on each side of that date. There is no exact dating on most Lenzkirch movement since serial number records were lost.

Steve
Than you so much Steve!
Since you guys are collectors, can you please tel me where can I find old porcelain dials for Lenzkirch? Or if you know someone who works with porcelain?? I really appreciate your help!
Best,
Saseky
 

LenzkirchFan

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Than you so much Steve!
Since you guys are collectors, can you please tel me where can I find old porcelain dials for Lenzkirch? Or if you know someone who works with porcelain?? I really appreciate your help!
Best,
Saseky
Look for the ad from Pro Clocks in the Mart. He gets exact duplicates made in China.
 

kraken101

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Thought I'd share my Lenzkirch wall clock that I bought about 10 years ago. I don't know much about it so any information anyone has, catalogue number etc. would be most welcome. I've seen an almost identical movement on these pages but not the case, which I'm certain has been modified. The finial at the bottom, the triangular head-piece and the scrolls at the top of the door are certainly a different wood. I hesitate to go near the date discussion but would be interested in your thoughts. My interpretation of the info on this thread puts it somewhere around 1890. The movement is numbered 827761 and on the inside of the back-plate is a number 1. I can't see any other markings on the dial, weights or case. Thank you.

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AndrewD

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My Xmas present from brother/nephew who found it at the dump. Lenzkirch model 26, serial # 1 million 112102. Needs a suspension spring. Having some difficulty finding out what spring it needs. Any help/advice appreciated. Cheers 20210104_134615.jpg 20210103_184036.jpg 20210103_183921.jpg
 

onisama

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Greeting

This's one from my collection, an early Lenzkirch wall clock. The serial number 157026. Dial size 7 inches, with classic style case.

Yot

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Micam100

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I posted this recently on the “Your Newest Clock Acquisition” thread, but I’m posting again here for the serial number databases. Single weight, serial number 1 million + 11956.

The dial is signed: van Arcken & Co Batavia & Soerabaia so it looks to have a connection with Dutch era Indonesia.

Michael

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new2clocks

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I posted this recently on the “Your Newest Clock Acquisition” thread, but I’m posting again here for the serial number databases. Single weight, serial number 1 million + 11956.

The dial is signed: van Arcken & Co Batavia & Soerabaia so it looks to have a connection with Dutch era Indonesia.

Michael

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According to the most recent Lenzkirch serial number database, it was made in 1896.

Regards.
 

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According to the most recent Lenzkirch serial number database, it was made in 1896.

Regards.
Yes, I was thinking 1894/1895 give or take a couple, based on the serial number 1(0)11956. Not sure if this (Ver. 2017) is the latest database.

Michael

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serial number 1 million + 11956.
I may have misread the serial number to be 1,119,xxx as opposed to 1,011,956.

If it is 1,011,956, it would have been made closer to 1890 and it would be one of the lowest 1 million series serial number movements that I have seen.

Regards.
 

gintarasb64

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Hello,
Sharing pictures of my new find - nice, big and heavy Lenzkirch clock, serial number 827773. The design looks unusual to me - wide case , very ornate bottom part. I did not find such model in catalogs. Any comments would be interesting .
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Gintaras

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new2clocks

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Hello,
Sharing pictures of my new find - nice, big and heavy Lenzkirch clock, serial number 827773. The design looks unusual to me - wide case , very ornate bottom part. I did not find such model in catalogs. Any comments would be interesting .
Regards
Gintaras

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Gintaras,

Lenzkirch was known to have sold loose movements (lose werke) to the trade.

Perhaps your clock represents a lose werke purchased by a retailer or cabinetmaker who cased the movement in their own case. If correct, it is unlikely that you would find a match is any Lenzkirch catalog.

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LenzkirchFan

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Gintaras,

New2clocks is exactly right. I suspect that you have a clock with a case that was not made at the Lenzkirch factory. If it was a Lenzkirch case one would sooner or later see another one just like it. You could still see another one just like it even if it wasn't a Lenzkirch but I would suspect that there would be much less of them out there than if it came out of their factory. Meaning that once they made a case, they would make many more and not just stop at a few. After all, they were a clock factory.

This doesn't make your clock worth any less or less collectable. There are lots of Lenzkirch clock movements in cases that were not made at their factory. Many are quite unique. Just like yours! Enjoy it!

Steve
 
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njd

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Carved Lenzkirch wall clock. This Lenzkirch clock has had the back of the back board covered with a fake burr walnut, seems to be thick paper or thin card. Just wandered if any one else has come across this before ? Certainly appears to have been there a long time could it be original ?

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LenzkirchFan

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Carved Lenzkirch wall clock. This Lenzkirch clock has had the back of the back board covered with a fake burr walnut, seems to be thick paper or thin card. Just wandered if any one else has come across this before ? Certainly appears to have been there a long time could it be original ?

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The Lenzkirch factory did put a paper back on some early wall clocks. It was a plain, light tan colored paper. I think that yours is not from the factory. They did not use a fancy paper and if you look at the hanging bracket at the top and the leveling screws on the bottom, you can see where the person cut the paper and left marks.
What does the case look like from the front?

Steve
 

LJCodes

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Hi all! Found this forum when googling for help slowing down our new acquisition. My partner and I chose this beauty from his grandparents estate following their passing recently. Had what looks to be the label from whenever they bought it inside. Curious about the age if anyone can help. Thanks!

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new2clocks

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Hi all! Found this forum when googling for help slowing down our new acquisition. My partner and I chose this beauty from his grandparents estate following their passing recently. Had what looks to be the label from whenever they bought it inside. Curious about the age if anyone can help. Thanks!

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Welcome to the forum.

According to the latest Lenzkirch dating data, your clock was made in 1895.

And, your Lenzkirch is very nice!

Regards.
 

onisama

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Hello,
Here is a lovely one from my collection, unsign Lenzkirch. I bought from last many years but just have time to service.

Regards,
Yot

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MUN CHOR-WENG

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This 2-weight Lenzkirch is shown in the Lenzkirch catalogue as Model 90. Its case design is a scaled down version of the hugh Lenzkirch model with a seconds-pendulum as shown in the bottom picture.

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MUN CHOR-WENG

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This Lenzkirch is of exceptional quality. It has a trapezoid movement with very thick plates,
with both the anchor and escape wheel pivot holes jewelled. The serial number on the back plate
1 million 990496 would point to 1923 as the year of manufacture. It has seconds pendulum and
a center sweep second hand. The massive pendulum bob weighs 5 kg ( 11 lb ) and the clock is driven by
a weight of only 1.45 kg ( 3.19 lb ) testifying to the high quality of craftsmanship of this maker.

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Orphan Lenzkirch Movement

I collect Lenzkirch clocks. Grandfather clocks, weight regulators, spring regulators, bracket clocks, table clocks and even alarm clocks. All made by Lenzkirch. So, it is hard for me to even turn down orphan Lenzkirch movements. I know the quality and I know what they can be again. I had a complete orphan set. Movement, dial, mounting bracket and pendulum. It's a Lenzkirch 24 series spring driven movement which means that the escape wheel has 24 teeth and takes a longer pendulum which normally has a larger diameter bob.

We had some extremely hot and humid days this summer in Southeast Missouri. The heat index was as high as 105 and I was looking for an indoor project. So off to the basement I went and I started building a case for the orphan movement. It's very difficult to find an original case for one of these so I was left to build a case so that this valuable movement can be put back into service. I had some pictures of a couple "castle style" case clocks that were in Europe that I really liked. I knew that it would take a long time to build since there would be a lot of sawing with a scroll saw. But it felt like 105 degrees outside and I had the time.

I built this case with ¼" and ½" solid oak. The back is laminated pine boards planed down to the proper thickness with oak veneer. It took all summer but now I have "Burg Lenzkirch" hanging on the wall!

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