Here is a recent addition to our private collection. This magnificent carved Black Forest clock was made Circa 1890. The clock is huge, measuring in a 43 ” in height and 31″ wide, it weights well over 100 pounds! We took a picture of the clock with “Cole” who is four years old to help capture the size of this monster.
The massive case is carved in oak and the detail work is just exquisite. The clock has two full relief eagles on the pediment. They are looking down at the forest floor from the rocky cliff where they rest. At the base, a hunters hound is chasing a big stag.
The carvings are further developed on the sides of the case with rocks and foliage. The large key, which is used to wind the massive 12 tune music box. can be seen in the photo above. The roof of the case is also carved with rocks and broken timbers. Its amazing to see the detail the carver incorporated into areas that are not easily seen.
This is a close up photo of the top of the case showing the two eagles. They are in full relief. There is space behind their bodies which is also carved, even the back side of their heads have detail. The shape of the eagles and the rocks and leaves on the case create a very appealing silhouette against the wall.
The dial is huge. Measuring in at a full 12″, as large as a dinner plate. The hands are not carved from bone, but ivory. The numerals and hands are original and are not modern recarves. The detail work on the large ivory hands is just exquisite.
There is a close up of the base of the clock. Carvings are magnificent. The base measures 31″ across, and the 12 tune music box fills the whole base from end to end!
Here is a view from the back of the clock with the backboard removed,the bottom hinged door for the music box is also opened. The clock movement is a large massive solid brass plate movement. The movement is of the absolute highest quality. It has an 8 day running duration, and uses double fusses to equal the pull of the springs. The countwheel for the strike train is located on the front plate of the movement similar to the movements seen in trumpeter clocks made by Emilian Wehrle. After the clock strikes the hour on a huge gong, the movement activates the music box in the base.
The music box is absolutely huge. It is a 12 tune box made by Paillard, who also supplied the boxes to the Beha firm. The 12 tunes is an important complication, because it allows each hour to have its own unique tune. The tunes can be set to automatically rotate through or a favorite tune can be locked in to repeat each hour.
We have taken a video of the clock next to a large Emilian Wehrle trumpeter clock in our collection. It is rare for another musical Black Forest shelf clock to be able to compete and hold its own against such a fantastic Wehrle.
We are always interested in purchasing rare and unusual clocks for our collection, and also for our clients. We also specialize in locating clocks for collectors worldwide. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org , I can help you locate that museum quality clock you have always wanted.