TELLERUHR Josephus Carolus Kappelin In Lucern 1703

Wall clocks


Signed: Josephus Carolus Kappelin In Lucern


The day-going, spring-driven firegilt brass movement of this telleruhr has a going train only. It has a chain fusee with verge escapement and a short front pendulum, a so-called Kuhschwanzpendel (‘ox-tail pendulum’). The clock is wound at the back. The maker has signed the movement on the backplate in beautifully engraved manner: Josephus Carolus Käppelin In Lucern. The movement is dated 1703.

The velvet-covered iron dial plate has an exceptionally beautifully pierced and chased firegilt dial. It has a Roman chapter ring with fleur-de-lys half-hour divisions. The pierced surround depicts six cherubs, the upper two bearing a blank crowned coat of arms, set in scrolling acanthus leaves. The time is indicated by a single shaped, pierced and engraved gilt-brass hand. The pendulum cock apron is also engraved with a fleur-de-lys motif

The telleruhr clock is suspended with a gilt brass ring, mounted on the back of the dial, whilst the movement is protected by an iron housing.

Duration 24 hours

Height 55 cm
Width 37.5 cm
Depth 7 cm

J. Abeler, Meister der Uhrmacherkunst, Wuppertal, 2010, p. 281. (C13a)

Käppelin, Käppeli, Kappelin
Joseph Karl Käppeli was born in Luzern in 1659 and died in 1736. There are some clocks known from this maker, this Telleruhr and two Türmchenuhren.

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