Vienna sold by J W Benson

MUN CHOR-WENG

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This ornate 2-weight Vienna was sold by J W Bensoon of London, however
the movement has no name of the maker nor logo. I post a picture of the
back plate in the hope the expert here can help to
identify the maker and the year of maufacture.
Thanks.

Mun C W

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Chris Radano

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I'm not an expert, but it looks like a Lenzkirch to me.
If not the maker, I would think you're looking at close to 1870 for a date.
 

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Lenzkirch is unlikely to be the maker of this clock as can be seen by comparing the back plate of this clock ( s/n 7646 ) with a Lenzkirch back plate shown below.
The Lenzkirch back plate shows an early logo that was first introduced in 1873 based on information listed in a separate Lenzkirch thread. This logo was later replaced by the pine cone logo in 1875 starting with clock having serial number 227,000.
It is not easy to identify the makers of many of these clocks with unsigned movements that were supplied to retailors who would put their names on the dial. Based on the case design this clock, it was probably made around the third quarter of the 19th century.

Mun C W

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Tatyana

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This ornate 2-weight Vienna was sold by J W Bensoon of London, however
the movement has no name of the maker nor logo. I post a picture of the
back plate in the hope the expert here can help to
identify the maker and the year of maufacture.
Thanks.

Mun C W

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I do not know the manufacturer of the movement. I have pictures of two similar movements:

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In the late 1870s, Gustav Becker had a similar cases:

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BR, Tatyana
 

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Ah, Gustav Becker. At least the case is similar. I think the 2 German big companies were Lenzkirch and Gustav Becker. I picked the wrong one. I based my choice of Lenzkirch on the hammer and back cock.
I would guess a large retailer such as J W Benson would import from a source that was a larger manufacturer, that would have the means of reliable supply. Although I can't say I've seen many Vienna Regulators signed with J W Benson, so perhaps it was a smaller factory.
 

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