IRON WALL CLOCK WITH BALANCE WHEEL Ca. 1600 Germany
IRON WALL CLOCK WITH BALANCE WHEEL
The weight-driven forged iron movement is constructed between vertical bars and consists of going train with alarm. The going train has a vertical verge escapement with original balance wheel, which is situated under the bell. The alarm is constructed behind the going train.
The painted iron dial has a white Roman chapter ring with half-hour markers in the shape of a lozenge. The time is indicated by a single iron, which is mounted on the alarm disc. The disc has black Arabic numerals. The alarm time is set by screwing a pin in a hole at the intended alarm time. There is an aperture at the top of the dial, from which a lever protrudes. When the lever is put in its upper position the alarm is set. The time can be set by turning the disc for which two small knobs are provided. The centre of the alarm disc is painted depicting a star motif.
The case, which consists of a plated frame, is painted on all sides in a dark brown colour, with red line trimmings. Scrolling leafed vine motifs are painted on the background in a lighter colour. The tops of the plates have been sawn out in attractive shapes. The plates on the sides are doors which give access to the movement. The case is surmounted by a bell, which in its turn is surmounted by a turned finial.
Duration 12 hours
Height 26.5 cm.
Width 13 cm.
Depth 11 cm.