Having access to the original literature that was used to create and market these Black Forest clocks is invaluable to collectors, restorers, and anyone who is interested in Black Forest horology. These items serve many purposes from aiding in the restoration of a clock, documenting surviving examples, and giving insight to what was made.
The original catalogs, drawings, photographs, and other paper items are very difficult to locate today … because in the early years their value was not recognized, combined with their fragile nature … many of these items have been lost or destroyed. The few items that have been located are generally held very close by their owners and are not circulated.
Over the past several decades we have set out to locate this information, and have assembled a comprehensive library of the original literature that documents the clocks that are of the most interest to collectors today.
After much thought we decided to include much of this information into our new book, Rare and Unusual Black Forest Clocks. By publishing dozens of these original catalogs, price sheets, sample drawings, lithographs, paintings, calling cards, and other similar items… we think that the whole Black Forest community will gain a better understanding and appreciation for these wonderful clocks. We are also always looking for additional pieces of original literature to add to our archives. If you have a paper item that relates to the Black Forest clockmaking industry please contact us.
The photo above is an example of one of the many original design drawings that we have in our archives (and many of them can be seen in our new book). The above drawing was done by hand by Lorenz Beha in the late 19th century. Not only is it a great representation of an actual clock that was produced and can be found today, but it provides a look at the pride the Beha’s took into designing their clocks… and the romantic spirit of the whole cottage industry.
Our book is now available for pre order through our website at www.blackforestclocks.org/book
Justin J. Miller