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Wondering about the maker of this clock - German I suspect VO on the dial

THTanner

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Does anyone know the maker of this clock?

It was shipped to a customer from Finland and arrived damaged. He has had it in a box for 2 years and decided to get it repaired.

There is a 34 stamped into the wood frame of the door and the V in an O on the dial. The door hinges are stamped Ferraria
I am familiar with the Ferrari hinge company and have some in my cabinets. But this says Ferraria with an 'a' on the end.
Other than that there are no marks.
There are three hammers. It strikes the 1/2 and the hour with one hammer falling by itself followed by the other two hammers falling together.

thanks
tom

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Does anyone know the maker of this clock?

It was shipped to a customer from Finland and arrived damaged. He has had it in a box for 2 years and decided to get it repaired.

There is a 34 stamped into the wood frame of the door and the V in an O on the dial. The door hinges are stamped Ferraria
I am familiar with the Ferrari hinge company and have some in my cabinets. But this says Ferraria with an 'a' on the end.
Other than that there are no marks.
There are three hammers. It strikes the 1/2 and the hour with one hammer falling by itself followed by the other two hammers falling together.

thanks
tom

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Tom,

The "OV" trademark is that of Otto Vilanto of Helsinki, Finland. (mikrolisk)

As it is on the dial and not the movement (at least that I can see), I suspect that Otto Vilanto is a retailer, but this is just an assumption.

Regards.
 
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THTanner

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The "OV" trademark is that of Otto Vilanto of Helsinki, Finland. (mikrolisk)

As it is on the dial and not the movement (at least that I can see), I suspect that Otto Vilanto is a retailer, but this is just an assumption.

Regards.
Thanks - I will bookmark Mikrolisk - great resource
 

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Hi,
Here is an excerpt from this article (Google traduce). Untitled Document

Otto Vilanto (1894-1991) started as a watchmaker in Väinö Mäkelä, Säkylä in 1916. After his apprenticeship, Vilanto moved to V. Könn at Fredrikinkatu 18 in Helsinki. He worked during the day at Könn and in the evenings repaired clocks for the Sundqvist watch movement. In addition, on Mondays, Vilanto went to check the tower clock at Helsinki railway station so that it would run again next week. On his 40th birthday in 1934, Vilanto redeemed the Könn movement for himself and a year later he received a master's book from the Helsinki Crafts and Factory Association.

Vilanto started mass production of wall clocks in 1948. The beginning was difficult, but "soon OV clocks completely changed the perceptions of both the watchmaker and the buying public about domestic wall clocks." The factory, located on Vuorimiehenkatu, expanded rapidly and in 1952 it was formed into a separate limited company, Kellonvalmistamo Oy. At the end of the 1950s, when the sales of domestic watches stopped, Vilanto had to stop manufacturing its watches. All in all, Vilanto's watch production was several thousand pieces.

Vilanto manufactured both percussive and unbeatable spring-loaded wall clocks. There were a few cabinet models, as well as wood and color options. Retail prices in the 1951 advertisements ranged from FIM 8,150 to FIM 12,500. In 1952, Vilanto also started manufacturing round office clocks.

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Hi,
Here is an excerpt from this article (Google traduce). Untitled Document
Thanks so much - that is great history for the owner.

This clock hung on the wall in his mother's house in Finland for the last 20 years not running. He knew none of the history. When his mother died two years ago it was shipped to him along with other items and arrived broken.

It is now running fine, but does need a few additional adjustments to the strike and the hammers.
The case suffered some damage but mainly to the back which can be repaired without being visually to bad.
 

THTanner

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Hi,
Here is an excerpt from this article (Google traduce). Untitled Document
Thanks so much - that is great history for the owner.

This clock hung on the wall in his mother's house in Finland for the last 20 years not running. He knew none of the history. When his mother died two years ago it was shipped to him along with other items and arrived broken.

It is now running fine, but does need a few additional adjustments to the strike and the hammers.
The case suffered some damage but mainly to the back which can be repaired without being visually to bad.
 
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