ZentRa Art Deco tall case clock

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  1. DR.K

    DR.K Registered User

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    An online acquisition that needed the chime chain hung and a little oil. Like many German clocks the case back has those small worn holes and the bottom has the tell-tale sign of why IMG_0783.jpg IMG_0781.jpg the chain was loose. I never really understand how weights in a clock fall when there is no indication of mechanism failure. Works marked #13886 115cm pendulum and Icon which to me looks like a padlock or purse with their name. This is the first chime mechanism I have that works the hammers front to back rather than side to side. The sound produced is two note deep and guttural.
     
  2. new2clocks

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    IIRC, Zentra was a retailer of clocks and watches that were made by other companies. Zentra imprinted their trademark on these movements. They started business in the late 1920s or early 1930s, I believe.

    Perhaps someone can identify the maker of the movement.

    Regards.
     
  3. JTD

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    Yes, that's basically right, but they were wholesalers selling to the trade, rather than retailers. They got their movements from many different companies.

    I can't identify the movement shown, but I am sure someone else will be able to.

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  4. S_Owsley

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    I have a Zentra wall clock that strikes a bim-bam. I selected it from a lot of clocks in a shop based on the beautiful sound when striking.
     
  5. chimeclockfan

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    Kienzle movement circa 1930's with 'Maestro Gong', bim-bam strike on large swinging hammers. Swinging hammers were a thing among German clockies during the 1930's and this setup gave a more substantiated sound compared to everything else. The Maestro Gong's movement is shown in the 1939 Kienzle catalog:

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    And a look at the monstrous gong block:

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  6. beedub

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    Nice clock! It looks a lot like the Gustav Becker model I have. Similar case design and the dial looks the same as well. Mine has a bim bam strike and has been a really good clock. An artist friend refers to it as a Bauhaus influence design. Enjoy it.

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  7. jmclaugh

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    That would wake you up in the morning no problem.
     
  8. DR.K

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    Thanks chimeclockfan for the detailed info. It has been running for a couple of days now in my workshop with other GF's. It is readily apparent when it strikes as much louder than the others. A peculiar function on the half-hour strike as both sets of gong rods are struck which is different than other bim-bams I have. Guess there are only two times a day it is problematic.
     

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