This is an Eight-day, Time & Strike, Gustav Becker box clock. It has a very unusual rounded top. The obvious difference is the rounded top to the case; I have not seen another like this in recent years. Also the movement has an unusual setup regarding the gathering pallet arbor. As you can see in the photo, the arbor can slide up and down within a slot, enabling the gathering pallet to disengage from the rack. At first I thought there was something missing! To me, this is obviously a strange setup because in order for the arbor to lift at one end it requires the pivot at the other end to tilt at an angle within its bushing. I must only assume that the bushing is designed specifically to compensate for this action…I have never seen this before!
To maintain this German Hamburg Uhrenfabrik Clock Company clock, the movement of was cleaned, the spring barrels were removed and the springs were taken out for cleaning and re-oiling. There is an unusual hammer set-up on this clock. Note how the striking hammers are suspended below the movement and connected with chains. The clock has an eight-day Westminster chime.
The movement was quite a challenge to remove from the case. As you can see, there is not much wiggle room once it is nestled in the case. I recall having to fit the hammer assembly after the movement was in place.
Typically, I don’t buy these clocks now as they do not hold much interest to me anymore. This one caught my attention because it is a Westminster Chime movement and the case is in exceptional condition.
The movement will require disassembling and cleaning, a task that I’m just not ready to do just yet. I have taken apart some Westminster Chime movements, most have been weight driven. This one looked to be a little challenging so, I’ll tackle it when I have time to devote if it becomes a total nightmare.
This is a typical German Box Wall Clock, not particularly collectible.
German Box Clock
I’ve kept this one because it strikes on a Chime Rod as opposed to a Coil Gong. The chime rod produces a deep, resonating chime when the clock strikes.
Older Box clocks are fitted with coil gangs. I like clocks that produce a quality chime. Check out this other German Box Clock in our collection.
What is Struck
My favorite Grandfather clocks are French Morbier clocks. They all have one down side in that they all strike on a bell that is not very pleasing, especially with Morbier movements because they strike the hours twice: once at five minutes to the hour and then again ‘on’ the hour.
I have not seen many of this design. I believe this clock to be from about 1920. The movement is a Westminster chime, 8-day. The movement quality is mid range…far from top quality for a German clock. German clocks seem to have better quality sounding chimes than French or English mantle clocks, this one is no exception.
Obviously, the case is painted and not the more conventional stained example. So, it is not to everyone’s taste. This looks like an attempt to resemble more traditional French looks. At least that’s what my wife thinks. I’m not a design historian. I just know its different and that the movement quality is . . . eh.
A high quality Winterhalder & Hofmeier German bracket clock with walnut case and beveled glass.
This clock strikes the quarters with one chime for ¼ past 2 chimes for ½ past and 3 chimes for ¼ till the hour. The hours all strike on a single gong and the quarters on a double gong.
The movement in this clock is of the highest quality. Fine gear work, thick plates, top quality materials and high tolerances. The clock is regulated from the clock’s face. The small dial at the top of the face is to regulate the clock.
This lovely German mantel clock was one I had to rebuild.
German mantel clock Project
Chiming clocks resonate just like musical instruments: the larger the case the grander the resonance of the chime, just like the hollow body (sound box) of a guitar. I prefer larger clocks for this reason.
This clock, as with many of my mantel clocks has a large wooden case. I was taken by the unusual oval shaped dial and the wooded bezel.
The clock was not chiming when I purchased it at an auction. The repairs where very easy, nothing more than stripping down the movement and reassembling it after a good cleaning.
This is the first clock I ever purchased, the one that started all the madness.
German Wall Clock. 1930s.
At the time, I probably thought I was getting a priceless antique. However, this type of clock is probably one of the most common types found at auction houses.
This particular (vintage) clock had a silvered face that was very badly scratched and the same for the pendulum. To have the face restored would have well exceeded the value of the clock. As such, I replaced the face with a paper overlay that I stained with coffee to create an aged look. I also replaced the pendulum bob. The correct way to restore a silvered clock face is to have it done professionally. However, in this case it was not a viable option.
Not even certain that it is French – may be German.
I don’t think the crown is original. The movement is in nice condition. Porcelain face and matching pendulum.
The letters R/A appear in the center of the pendulum. R/A stands for Advance and Retard. This is for adjusting the clock, indicating that one should turn the pendulum adjustment knob toward the R (anti-clockwise) to slow the time and toward the A (clockwise) to advance the time. This action simply lowers or raises the pendulum bob thus speeding up or slowing the pendulum swing.
I don’t know much about this clock. I believe it’s German, possibly early 1900’s. The pendulum and face appear to match, as does the crown. Overall, a very nice piece.
Know anything about it?
I’ve seen some clocks characterized as German Wag Clocks, but they are of a very different sort, gaudily painted front faces and no real case to speak of. This lovely wooden case is much more sophisticated and tasteful than those, but they may very well have the same origins or be in the same family. I’d be curious to know what you know about them.