This is a wonderfully complex little clock, only 38 inches long, yet with more finials, more carving, more attention to detail than most larger clocks. Made by Lenzkirch in 1889 (thank you George Everett for your fantastic book Lenzkirch Clocks – the Unsigned Story), this little gem epitomizes the Altdeutsche style – and then goes a bit farther. I especially love the little balcony to the base of the clock, complete with a rail and pillars holding it up. A great place to set the winding key!
A novel feature I quite like is the way the sides of the top of the clock fold away to give better access to the mechanism. The sides even have small brass slide latches to hold them in place. Note the pendulum bob – a work of art in its own light, the gorgeous dial, the open well for the pendulum – this really is a piece of eye candy.
Fortunately the clock is also virtually complete – the only piece I noticed is missing is one of the cast trim pieces to the corner of the door. Fortunately this is rather easy to reproduce – when you receive this clock you will not be able to tell it was ever missing.
I bought this clock, and number 616, from the same collector. One can only imagine how long it took to find two amazing little clocks like these.
This piece costs $2,800, including cleaning, polishing, and delivery in the lower 48.