Very unique clock

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  1. jjccamis

    jjccamis Registered User

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    Good afternoon NAWCC,

    I recently acquired a very unique clock. It has no name or maker anywhere on it. The clock is weight driven with what I'll describe as cuckoo clock cone weights on the two chains. It is a pendulum drive as well, metal leader and pendulum bob.What makes this clock unique is the front and back plates are made of wood and the pivots and bushings are set into this wood. All gears are brass. The clock housing is 8 inches by 6-1/4 inches. The movement is 4-1/2 inches tall and 4 inches wide. It strikes on the hour and the half hour. There is a small door on each side of the housing for movement access. It is an escapement movement. Does not currently run.
    What do I have? Any thoughts or comments?
    JJC
     
  2. Steven Thornberry

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    Any pictures?
     
  3. bruce linde

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    seriously? based on just a description?

    sounds black forest-y, but no way to tell for sure without photos...
     
  4. jjccamis

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    Do you need pictures of the front and rear of the movement as well as the housing?
     
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    Do you need pictures of the front and rear of the movement as well as the housing?
     
  6. jjccamis

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    Here are the pictures.

    wood clock1.jpg wood clock2.jpg wood clock3.jpg
     
  7. NigelW

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    This type of construction is in fact commonly found in black forest and cuckoo clocks from the 19th and early 20th century. A 19th C cuckoo clock I restored recently for a friend had a very similar movement, also with wooden plates and brass bushes. The cuckoo mechanism is a little more complicated, but not much. Rather than just one arbor bearing the hammer for the gong (I assume yours has a gong attached to the back of the case) there are three arbors, one for "cuck", one for the "oo" and one for the gong, all activated by the same pin wheel on the striking train. I had to make new pallets (they were just bent bits of spring steel), fit a new fly, refurbish two of the lantern pinions, replace the bellows leather and fit a new lifting wire for the cuckoo's tail.
     
  8. JTD

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    I'm not sure why you describe the clock as 'unique', they were made in their thousands and are still very easy to find, as Nigel has said. Yours has an attractive case and will look very nice when cleaned up.

    JTD
     
  9. Chris Radano

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    Just for your information, the case is probably missing a top and bottom. The case style would probably considered in Germany to be historicism.
     
  10. new2clocks

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    Maybe it is the pictures provided or maybe it is my eyes, but the wood used in the movement does not appear to have much "age" to it, even for an early 20th century clock.

    Regards.
     
  11. JTD

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    I agree the wood looks quite clean, but I have seen quite a lot of these clocks and it most of these wooden movements have also had this clean look. They seem to have been quite well protected by the cases and of course there is not much oil around to stain the wood.

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  12. ballistarius

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    There should be a chance of identifying the movement maker. The back escape wheel bridge is shaped in the form of letters. Could we have a close-up pic, please?

    Aitor
     
  13. JTD

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    Aitor, you have good sharp eyes! I am not sure, but to me the bridge looks like the monogram of Johann-Martin Mauthe, which I have seen before,

    Schmid in his 'Lexikon der Deutschen Uhrenindustrie' also notes that J.-M. Mauthe used the monogram as a bridge plate on wooden movements and that he made Schwarzwälderuhren and cuckoo clocks.

    Hope this helps.

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  14. tarant

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    This is probably Anton Maier Victoria Clock Co, St Georgen.

    bildmarke_amayer.jpg post-90953-0-23697200-1543226799.jpg
     
  15. JTD

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    Yes, I think Piotr is right. Now that the photo it is enlarged, I do think that this is Anton Maier's logo, although it looks as if a little piece may have broken off the right hand side.

    At first I was still a little doubtful because of the clover shaped border that Piotr has posted, but in Schmid's 'Lexikon' there is a good picture of this logo (described as 'Hakenblech' [bridge plate]) exactly as it appears on the clock, without any border.

    So, yes, definitely looks like Anton Maier. Well done Piotr!

    JTD
     

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