HEXAGONAL HORIZONTAL TABLE CLOCK Wilhälmus Köberle Eichstett Ca. 1700

Renaissance clocks


Signed: WILHELM KÖBERLE EICHSTET                                      Circa 1700


The spring-driven, day-going movement of this richly embellished hexagonal clock is constructed between brass plates. It consists of going and striking trains. The going train has a spring barrel, chain fusee and verge escapement with hairspring balance under an extremely elaborately pierced and engraved balance cock. It can be adjusted by a silvered-brass regulator disc, which can be seen upon opening the bottom lid. The striking indicates the hours fully on a bell, mounted in the lid. In addition, it has push-quarter repeat, activated by a push button on the side near the III. The clock is wound from the back. The maker has signed the clock on the backplate as follows: Wilhälmus Köberle.

The engraved gilt-brass dial has a silver Roman champlevé chapter ring with half-hour, quarter-hour, 7½-minute, Arabic five-minute and minute divisions. The time is indicated by a pair of blued-steel hands. In the middle is a silver champlevé signature disc, depicting two sphinxes: Köberle Eichstet.

The richly engraved gilt-brass case of this clock has oval framed glass windows on all sides so that the movement is almost entirely visible. The movement can be accessed by opening the hexagonal lid with a catch. The clock rests on six turned gilt-brass feet.

Duration: one day

Height: 6.5 cm; width: 8.5 cm;

J. Abeler, Meister der Uhrmacherkunst, Wuppertal, 2010, p. 304


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