While this will become an “oh my god” clock, right now it is simply an amazing pile of bits and pieces. The case is very solid, veneered in oak, and well patina’d (which translates to filthy). Note the massive columns to the sides of the door! But, it appears that whatever glue was used to hold the various bits of trim to the case was not quite up to snuff. Most of the trim pieces have fallen off – actually, as I was pulling it off the shelf to shoot these pictures, more bits fell off. But, it will make the case a lot easier to clean, and it is very easy to put pieces back on – with glue that will not let go.
When reassembled, this piece will measure roughly 60 inches long. On the plus side, the mechanism is in phenomenal condition, and the nickel-plated bits are very nice. The dial is pretty much to die for – with its black chapter ring and 1/16 inch thick applied brass numbers and highly engraved dial center. This clock was clearly made for a couple as a wedding gift, or to celebrate an important anniversary. My buyer in Austria indicated it was most likely for a marriage. Engraved on the dial is “gewidmet der hochgeehrten”, Braut, Marie, and Werndl. The phrase translates to “devoted to the highly esteemed”. The engraving to the dial center, the pulleys and the pendulum is fantastic. Interestingly, the pendulum is very heavy – the side bars appear to be solid, and the whole thing is very well made. With a zinc backed pendulum bob, and the exceptional mechanism mounted on four posts, I would place this piece in the earlier part of the Altdeutsche period, and clearly made in the Viennese style, if not made in Vienna.
Oh, and just look at the pulleys - amazing!
This is the kind of clock that will either sell to someone with a phenomenal ability to visualize how magnificent this piece will be when finished, or it will await my restoration before selling. Either way it will be a stunning and very large piece when finished. When ready to hang it will fetch $6,500, including shipping in the lower 48.
Sony DSC-T200 |
Original size: 2681x2444 |
Current: 658x600 |