PUSTERTALER QUARTER STRIKING Punchmark 1719 Austria
PUSTERTALER QUARTER STRIKING
The 12-hour, weight-driven three-train birdcage movement of this Pustertaler clock has going and striking trains. The going train has verge escapement with a short front pendulum (a so-called Kuhschwanzpendel – ‘ox-tail pendulum’). The hour striking train, regulated by a rack, indicates the hours on a larger bell and sets the quarter-hour train going, which is controlled by a countwheel, striking on a smaller bell (1-4). The hour striking is repeated after two minutes past the hour. In addition it has trip repeat. The movement has a punch mark and stamped date on the rear right-hand side bar: ‘1719’.
The polychrome iron dial has a chapter ring with Roman hour, half-hour, Roman quarter-hour and Arabic five-minute divisions. The centre has a painted star shaped motif. The top corners are embellished by painted spandrels, whilst the lower corners show the date of production: ‘1719’. The time is indicated by a pair of pierced iron hands.
The movement is housed in a painted iron case. There are two painted doors to the sides, giving access to the movement. The case is surmounted by two superimposed bells, behind a pierced fret.
Duration 12 hours
Height 39 cm
Width 23 cm
Depth 18 cm
The Pustertal (Puster valley) is situated in South Tirol, close to the Italian border.