An Austrian mantel clock with an Automated dial
This Austrian mantel clock is very attractive. The case sits up on four brass feet. They are turned and applied to the bottom board. The case features a numbers of decorative moldings. A few of these are ebonized and contrast nicely with the mellow patina of the natural wood finish. Numerous shell patterns are applied to the front surfaces as decorations. Overall, the form is pleasing to the eye.
The time and strike brass movement features a silk thread suspension, is spring powered and is designed to run thirty hours on a full wind. This is typical for this form of this period. The movement features a full strike train striking the hours and also striking once on each half hour on a coil gong that is mounted to the rear access door. When this clock is in the process of striking, the animated figure is cupid raises a hammer in his left hand and strikes a long piece of metal, possibly an arrow which is held in his right hand against an anvil. This is fun.
The dial is porcelain and mounted onto brass. The time ring displays Roman style numerals. The center of this dial depicts the automated scene of cupid. forming arrows. Additional brass decoration can be found on the rings of the bezel. This engraving is skillfully executed. The bezel is fitted with convex glass.
This clock measures 15 inches tall, 8.5 inches wide and is 4.75 inches deep. This clock is inventory number 212069.
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