What an unusual and rare clock. This is the only month duration clock I have seen from Gebrueder Resch. And, to make it even more special, it has a patented porcelain strip that runs down the case with numbers for the day of the month. As the weight drops the indicator hand to the top of the weight points out the date!
In 1861 Lorenz Resch opened the first clock factory in Austria to produce Vienna Regulators. The factory was located in Vienna until 1871 when he built a factory in the picturesque town of Ebensee. Lorenz died before the factory opened, and his three sons went on to become the envy of the Austrian clock industry.
With the death of Lorenz the sons changed the name of the company to Gebrueder Resch (Gebr. Resch, or GR, meaning “Brothers Resch”). The classic trademark “Remember” is credited with being developed by the factory workers who wanted to have a way of marking the love they felt for the factory owner on his death.
The clocks made by the Resch factory are comparable to the very best of the Beckers, and on par with Lenzkirch clocks. “Remember” clocks were sold through a Vienna outlet and widely exported. In fact, Kroeber imported many into the US. As with this clock, Resch mechanisms are attached to the brass mounting plate by keyhole slots slipping over turned studs. The Resch factory made only weight-driven mechanisms.
The factory production reached its peak in 1885, producing from 12,000 to 15,000 clocks per year.
The mechanism, serial numbered 180374, is in good condition, though it could use a good cleaning. The dial is perfect, with no hairline cracks or flaws. And, the two holes in the dial (for the hand arbors and the winding hole) have grommets - a nice and very functional touch.
The porcelain date strip is also in excellent condition. There are a few hair-line cracks, which will disappear when cleaned, and no chips.
As one would expect, the bob is zinc-backed, the pulley oversized (as one expects on a month runner) and all the little bits are original. The mechanism mounting bracket and pendulum hanger are serial numbered to match the mechanism.
The 51 inch case is in good to excellent condition, as well as being grimy and dirty. It will be a pleasure to bring it back to life with a good cleaning and waxing.
This piece is priced at $4,500, which includes restoration and delivery in the lower 48.