Trying to learn more about this clock

Necrom

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First of all, please forgive me my english, its not my first language.:p
Here's the thing: this clock has been in my family for as long as a can remember, and I've allways been curious about it.
http://img13.imageshack.us/img13/4843/img1160h.th.jpg
After some research on the web, I found out, thanks to the crossed arrows seen here
http://img25.imageshack.us/img25/3650/img1154j.th.jpg
that the maker is the Hamburg Amerikanische Uhrenfabrik, or Hamburg American Clock Company (HAC). Since the company only started using the crossed arrows simbol after 1892 and stopped after the company's fusion with Junghans in 1926, i believe its safe to guess that the age of the clock is between 83 and 117 years.
My problem is that, other than this info, i couldn't find anything else similar to this clock that could give me more details about it. I find the pendulum particularly interesting, since i haven't seen anything like it on any images of clocks by the same maker that i found on the internet.
http://img27.imageshack.us/img27/4160/img1153gcm.th.jpg
I was told that the clock belonged to some Duque (not sure how accurate that is), so could this pendulum be custom-made, a coat of arms, maybe?

I was hoping someone could tell me a bit more about it, maybe a more accurate date of when it was made.
In particular, i'd love to know more about the pendulum.
And is it worth spending the money to restore it. because, as you can see on the first picture, the outer-box in particular is in pretty bad shape, and it has suffered some bad restoration attempts by my father throughout the years. :(
Any help/oppinions will be appreciated. :)
 

Steven Thornberry

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Welcome to the Message Board, Necrom. I cannot advise you accurately on the date, but would guess it is ca. 1910. Others here are much more knowledgeable, but it might be useful to have picture of the movement, front and back, particularly any numbers or letters that may be on it.

I would recommend restoring it and maintaining it in working order, both because it is a lovely clock and because it is a family heirloom. With proper care, it could well extend for several more generations.
 

Necrom

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Thank you for the reply, Steven T. :)
As suggested, here are a few more pictures.
The ... "chime"? Sorry, don't know the correct name in english :p
http://img2.imageshack.us/img2/9785/img1162.th.jpg
Back view
http://img139.imageshack.us/img139/453/img1166c.th.jpg
The numbers on the top left side read "117/30" and below those i think its "300"
Top view
http://img218.imageshack.us/img218/3175/img1167n.th.jpg
Left and right view
http://img24.imageshack.us/img24/5931/img1169u.th.jpghttp://img404.imageshack.us/img404/6979/img1168.th.jpg
The front view is on my first post :)
 

Kevin W.

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Hello.
You have a nice looking clock and well worth restoring it. Your English is fine, don,t worry about that.
I have never seen a pendulum shaped like yours, so it could have been specailly made.there are other people here who know more about these clocks than i do. Nice clock and i hope you do restore it and hang it on your wall and enjoy it.
 

Richard T.

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Hello necrom and welcome to the NAWCC message board. I certainly think that your clock is worth restoring.

The pendulum is not all that unusual, just in the art deco/nouveau(?) style.

Below is a picture of one that is somewhat similar.

Best,

Richard T.
 

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Necrom

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Thanks to everyone who replied. :)
I'll definitely try to have it properly restored in the future, and I'll keep an eye out for any new information on this thread/forum.
Cheers.
 

laprade

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in the antique trade, your clock comes under the "generic" Vienna style.

The pendulum is a strange mix of rococo and art nouveau.

The nouveau influence can be seen in the "tulips" and a slight trace in the lower point of the pendulum.

A lot of mass production manufacturers got onto the art nouveau band-waggon and produced some rather bland interpretations.

Most of the vienna style clocks were made of a combination of walnut veneered and stained beech.

The better quality clocks had enamelled chapter rings. and cast brass brackets for holding the movements and gongs.

cheaper models had 'glazed' paper chapters and pressed holding brackets.

Occasionally one comes across oak and mahogany cases.

I don't know wether you already know about bells and gongs, but to get them to sound right, the hammer must not come to rest on them.

very often when putting the clock movement back into the case, the position of the hammer can be a little out. The bell or gong has to be able to "vibrate" so the hammer must not touch it after hitting it.






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