Tuesday, November 29, 2011

An Early Black Forest Musical Flute Clock "Fötenuhr"

This is a beautiful Black Forest flute clock. This flute clock represents the earliest construction style where the time, strike, and musical works all share a simple clockwork style housing. By 1820 this style was not longer used and a removable clockwork was then incorporated into a more robust musical framework…allowing for more a much more complex musical machine to be developed.

This flute clock is very small having a total shield height of under 18″!

The clock plays 6 lovely tunes on a rang of 15 wood pipes. The tunes range from fast peppy tunes to slow waltzes.

A Very Rare "Beha Cuckoo Clock" made by Johann Baptist Beha, Eisenbach with eye-turner "Augenwender" complication

This cuckoo clock is hands down one the best cuckoo clocks in our collection. The clock in in magnificent condition, and is an excellent example of Beha's work for the 1860's.

The Biedermeier case has an ebonized finish with extensive inlay work of brass, zinc, and colored turtle shell.

The dial is zinc, and is decorated with 12 enamel cartouches that are set in gilded embossed brass bezels. This is one of the most elegant dials that can be found on a cuckoo clock.

The clock utilizes a wood plate movement with double fusees, and has a running duration of 8-days.

What really makes this clock rare is the miniature oil painting that is seen behind glass in the base of the clock. As the pendulum swings an eye from the dog and hare move with the swing of the pendulum adding a very subtle animated display.

A Balck Forest Sorg clock or Sorguhr added to the collection

It has been quite some time since we updated our online museum. This is a clock that we are excited to be able to share with you today.

This Black Forest miniature is frequently called a Sorg clock or Sorguhr, names after the inventor of this design Franz Joseph Sorg.

Although all Sorg clocks are considered rare, this example is very unusual as it does not follow the traditional style used on Sorg clocks.

Instead of the traditional embossed brass crest this example has a crest made of wood that has been decorated with a delicate oil painting.

The clock has a total shield height of only 3.5".

The movement is a miniature wood plate movement that has brass gears held in wooden arbors and has both time and strike complications.,it is signed and dated 1837.

The pendulum swings in the back on the movement near the wall between two small wooded posts called "stollen".

The movement is powered by a single weight that rides a pulley that engages the braided rope appling pressure to both the time and strike train of the movement simultaneously.

This is just a beautiful example of a Sorg clock, and a real Gem in our collection.