watchman station clock?

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Hi, I have acquired this clock and would like help identifying it and verifying what it is and how it works. I am unfamiliar with the makers mark hopefully someone has seen it before.

I believe this is a watchman's station clock to verify he has completed his rounds. it appears to be missing a marking disc that I assume rotates inside and is "punched" by inserting a station key the engages one of six levers to mark the missing disc. the bar over the clock dial has a centering pin directly over the hand arbor. the case lock is double latched for security. The case is brass and measures approx. 3 inches in diameter and 1 5/8 wide.

I am hoping someone can show me a disc or what ever device was over top of dial and identify the maker. Thanks, Joe

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Hi, Joe. The trademarklooks kinda like one used by Württembergische Uhrenfabrik Bürk Söhne (as shown in mikrolisk.de). I'm not near my books to verify information on the company, but mikrolisk states the trademark (or a simuilar one) was registered October 18, 1889.
 

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Steven is right, this is the mark of Johannes Bürk of Schwenningen. The company was founded in 1855 and went bankrupt in 1984. The company made all sorts of clocks but specialised in watchman's control clocks such as this one. They were making control clocks right up until the company went out of business.

From the patent dates on the cross-bar we know that the clock cannot be earlier than 1882. I would guesstimate that it dates from around 1890-1900 but I cannot verify that. However, it would fit with the registration date of the trademark.

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There must have bee a bunch of these made. I wonder if anyone might have a recording wheel to fit mine? or if any one has made reproduction keys or parts. I sent a message off to Germany. Joe.
 

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