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Oh beautiful restoration. Hope you enjoy the clock very much!Seems this thread is still active so I'll post it here. This is a 1930's French Westminster chime regulator which incorporates a Mauthe movement. The movement is not signed Mauthe but was compared to signed examples and it all aligns. This clock came from Salsagev as part of a trade. He got a spare movement and other useful parts, I took in the Swiss cheez box.
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The case was French made and is typical of the period, Oak veneer with pine structuring. It was badly infested with woodworm on arrival, wood finish was faded, and this took much patching, staining, filling, gluing, shellacking to make everything presentable again.
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Pendulum got a mirror polish which was achieved by sanding down the aluminum pendulum surface with finer and finer grades of sanding paper, then finishing off with metal polish. The pendulum incorporates a wire which guides the bob up and down as it's adjusted for timekeeping.
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Chime rods were damaged and subsequently replaced, tuning the new rods myself. The new rods are 3.6 MM diameter and have a sharp blow followed by a quieter hum. These larger rods are notably louder when struck as a chord. They are also very hard and do not like to bend out of line, which is surprising considering how the older rods bent and broke if you looked at them wrong. The new rods take about a week to settle into the block, sounding better as they settle in.
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It's not a particularly grandstanding clock but it's pleasant, works alright, and I like it. These French clocks were basically divided into two categories: brand signed and unsigned. Unsigned clocks tend to be lower quality compared to their branded counterparts, but it says plenty when an unsigned model is already enjoyable.
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Video of the hour chime and strike:
Below are pictures of my recently purchased Mauthe clock. I think ( after reading thru this thread) production date is close to 1900. Back plate - 42/105 DRP N55006 24877. According Oleg's work it is N5. Not well seen but It is N5. Because of small Serial Number - 24877 I think it is close to 1900 but I am not shure. Any guesses? Horse and top are strange too. Gong?
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Welcome to the board.Hello,
Cleaning up some old boxes I found this clock that used to hang in our kitchen at my moms house. No idea if it's worth keeping. It's missing the front glass but does work. On the back it has what looks like a serial / model number?
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The answer will depend on how you define 'clock'.Is this a Mauthe clock, with a Kraft Behrens gong? Or Kraft Behrens clock, with a Mauthe movement?
Answers to some of these questions can be found in Schmid's 'Lexikon der Deutschen Uhrenindustrie'.There also is not much known about Kraft-Behrens, who were located in Leipzig. Did they make movements or purchase them? Did they make cases? Were they wholesalers? I am not sure.
Same thing happened to me on a very similar Mauthe movement. But what I soon discovered is that the two screws that hold the anchor bridge were not quite tight enough and the bridge had dropped a bit and lowered the anchor into the escape wheel.Darn!
I should have known better. I removed the movement to take the pictures, gave it a gentle clean and lube, re-installed and now it will not run more than 4 or 5 minutes. It ran very well yesterday.
Appears that the works are 1921-1924 according to the mark on the works but the case suffered some modifications during its life. Not shown is the head(?) piece from the case that is different wood and was held on with two small nails.Welcome to the forum.
What kind of confirmations are you seeking?