Here is a rare Black Forest trumpeter clock that was made in the Black Forest region of Germany circa 1880.
While trumpeter clocks have traditionally been divided into two main categories: The large complex trumpeter clocks made by Emialin Wehrle and Jacob Bäuerle. The second group, the simpler trumpeter clocks that use cuckoo style technology, which were made by everyone else. This one is in a class of its own… an odd and rare bird.
The Lamy trumpeter uses complex movement. It is designed to have a single train provide both the strike and musical complications, and unlike a blower it does produce a short but complex musical tune. The clock uses a large wind chest that holds four musical reeds, very similar to a Wehrle. There is a pinned cam wheel located inside this sealed air chest that controls the air flow to the individual reeds, and the musical tune or charge.
This design is unique as far as we can tell to the Lammy firm. They appear to be the only maker to use this design, and these clocks are rare with only a couple surviving examples known world wide. Compare this to the thousands of “Blowers”, hundreds of Wehrle’s, and dozens of Bäuerle examples known to have survived.
This is a clock that we owned years ago and sold. In a recent transaction we had the opportunity to acquire the clock back in a trade and we jumped at the chance. So here it is once again in our inventory.
The clock movement has just undergone a full overhaul. It was disassembled, cleaned, polished, and reassembled, oiled, and regulated. It shines like the day it left the Lamy & Sons workshop in the late 19th Century.
The case is large, measuring nearly 30″ in height and made from walnut. The design is a variation of the famous Bahnhäusle form, with some carved and gothic elements. The numerals and hands are original and made from brass. They have recently been polished and set the clock off nicely.
We specialize in the acquisition, restoration, and sale of Black Forest trumpeter clocks of all types and manufacture. If you are looking to buy, sell, or trade a trumpeter clock contact me at: Justin@blackforestclocks.org
Our book, Rare and Unusual Black Forest Clocks, gives the most comprehensive look at Black Forest trumpeter clocks in any language. It also provides a comprehensive look at Emilian Wehrle and his musical clocks.