GOTHIC WALL CLOCK Punch marked with the year 1555 South German
GOTHIC WALL CLOCK
Punch marked with the year 1555
The 12-hour, weight-driven two-train iron movement of this extremely early and unusual clock has going and striking trains, constructed between vertical bars. The going train has a vertical verge escapement and a balance wheel, whilst the striking train, regulated by a countwheel, indicates the hours on a bell. In addition, the clock has an alarm, situated in front of the going train. The movement is punched with the year of manufacture on the lower part of the frame: 1555.
The polychrome iron dial has a Gothic chapter ring with hour and half-hour divisions. The centre has a prominent alarm disc. The single iron hour hand is attached to this disc. Above the chapter ring is a moon-phase aperture. The dial is flanked by two pillars and has a trompe l’oeil floor, which creates space. The shaped top terminates in a Gothic finial.
The iron case is surmounted by a bell in a Gothic bell strap, which has typically forged Gothic ornaments. The corners are embellished by Gothic finials.
Duration 12 hours
Height 37 cm
Width 14.5 cm
Depth 17 cm
Lothar Krombholz, Frühe Hausuhren mit Gewichtsantrieb, München, 1984.