Renaissance clocks


Circa 1580

The iron weight-driven, three-day movement of this early and exceptional wall clock, a so-called Türmchenuhr, is constructed between bars. It consists of going and striking trains. The going train has vertical verge escapement with balance situated under the bell. The striking is controlled by a countwheel and indicates the hours fully on the bell. In addition, the clock has an alarm, which is spring-driven.

The fire-gilt brass dial has the following indications from the in to the outside:

Disc with the symbols of the planets and a moon-phase aperture.
Moon date 1-28, 29½ indicated by an ‘0’
Alarm disc with 2 x Arabic 12-hour divisions.
Chapter ring with 2 x Roman 12-hour divisions with touch pins.
Roman quarter-hour divisions with touch pins and 7½-minute divisions in the shape of a star.

The time is indicated by a straight blued-steel minute hand and an hour hand with a sun emblem, which is attached to the moon-phase disc. On the opposite side of the latter is a chased pointer which indicates the alarm time

The fire-gilt and engraved brass case of this Renaissance wall clock has removable panels to the sides giving access to the movement. The elaborate engravings on these panels depict warriors in dresses dating back to antiquity. The alarm is wound on the right-hand side. The clock is surmounted by a bell in a bell strap, having female heads at the bottoms and embellished on the top by a child holding an hour-glass. In front of the bell is a slide to switch the alarm on and off.

Duration: 3 days                                                                                                                                                    Height: 22 cm; width: 9.5 cm; depth: 9.5 cm.

*Price on request

H.M. Vehmeyer, Clocks – Their Origin and Development 1320-1880, Gent, 2004, pp. 100-101.


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