Small unknown wall clock

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  1. Natedog

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    This clock belonged to the other half's Nan, and was her kitchen clock when she lived in the house we now live in. When she died, the other half's parents had it in their house, where unfortunately it got damaged by a house fire in the 90s, and since then has been sat in their loft awaiting attention.

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    The lighter coloured patch above the face is where someone has removed the scorched varnish, presumably to see if it was worth doing anything with.

    For starters, I removed all the cooked varnish and then polished the case up with some briwax. It now looks as presentable as its going to, so can go on the wall to stop it getting damaged.

    I can't see any markings on the movement, other than '29cm' stamped on the rear

    The case is about 19" or 480mm tall

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    It's a little hard to see, but you can just make it out in the mirror.

    I'm guessing it's probably around 1930s ish. She got married around that time and moved to this house. I figured it was the sort of thing that could have been a wedding / setting up home present? Other than that, do any of you have any clue as to the maker or country?

    There's a decorative piece that needs re-attaching to the top. There was one at the bottom originally too, but that is now missing so I need to make a replacement. Is it likely that the bottom one would have been similar shape to the top but without the carving? The case has the same slot top and bottom for gluing it on

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    As always, any pointers you could give me would be hugely appreciated :)
     
  2. Natedog

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    I should add that although the face is grubby and a bit rusty, I'm not planning on cleaning it. I don't want to risk accidentally removing the numbers and markings, and the rust appeared after the fire (acidic smoke maybe?) so shows some of the history
     
  3. new2clocks

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    #3 new2clocks, Nov 17, 2019
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    Your clock is commonly known as a "box clock" and I agree with your estimate of 1930 (+ / -) for its manufacture.

    It is almost certainly German.

    The clock was most likely made by Mauthe or Kienzle, as those manufacturers were in existence in 1930 and they made many box clocks.

    A picture of the back of the clock would be most helpful, as there are contributors to this board who can identify unmarked German movements.

    Also, a picture of the gong block could provide clues to the manufacturer.

    Regards.
     
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    I just noticed you are located in the U.K.

    If the clock was originally purchased in the U.K., and if it is confirmed that the clock is not of U.K. origin, then I would date the clock to earlier than 1926, when a U.K. law was in effect that required the country of origin to be imprinted on the movement and the dial.

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  5. JTD

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    I think new2clocks meant 'the back of the movement', rather than the clock itself. And yes, that might be very helpful.

    I agree, it's almost certainly a German clock.

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    Yes, I meant the back of the movement.:oops::)

    Regards.
     
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  7. Natedog

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    Thanks for your input :)

    I've dropped the movement out of it this evening and taken a few more photos of it:

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    The 29cm appears to relate to the total pendulum length
     

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