Two Weight Vienna Regulator

A Two Weight Vienna Regulator with a second hand. Late 1800’s. As we’ve mentioned before, we are well-aware that these are not referred to as Vienna Regulators in Europe.

Two Weight Vienna Regulator

Two Weight Vienna Regulator

No markings on the movement. I don’t think the weights on this one are original and the case crown may be a replacement. I need to get around to stripping and cleaning the movement on this clock, the weight cords need to be replaced. The original material would have been made of cat gut. My cat is very nervous at the moment!!

Vienna Regulator Collection

View the other clocks we own of this ilk:

What is a Vienna Regulator?

Clocks known as Vienna Regulators were made throughout the nineteenth century, starting in about 1804, in Vienna. You may see the terms such as  laterndluhr or brettluhr to indicate various styles and incarnations of these particularly fine clocks. (We have a Dachluhr clock.) They were predominately wall clocks, but were made in free-standing floor versions, as well.

In the earlier part of the century, the Viennese clock makers made and used cases that were straight, made with thin wood (walnut, maple, rosewood, mahogany, among others), with occasional inlay and class in the sides and front. Moving into the third decade of the 1800s, the cases became somewhat more ornate.

In the United States, clocks such as the one featured here are referred to as Vienna Regulators when, in point of fact, they are not. I use this term because we live in the States and that is the parlance, but I am determined to make it known that I am aware these are not the fine actual examples you see in a collection such as this one:


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