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Antique American Clocks                      January 2022

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38.      $250

Austrian Dachluhr timepiece, ca. 1830?  The 36.5-inch case is veneered in rosewood with satin wood strips along the edges, typical of Biedermeier period Austrian clocks.  The front piece is not hinged but inserts in a slot at the top of the case and sits on the base.  It looks like all the glasses are modern.  The 8-day, weight-driven, time-only movement is old but not signed or stamped; the old pendulum stick bears a serial number, but I did not find a number on the movement, making me suspicious that the movement (or the pendulum)  is a replacement.  The back plate of the movement has keyholes for mounting on four posts, but here it is modified(?) to mount on an old bayonet-style bracket screw-mount.  The porcelain dial shows numerous hairline cracks.  There is a small brass weight and the clock is running, with a lot of wobble in the likely modern pendulum bob.  Iím not sure what to make of this attractive clock, but Iíll bet you are.  $250-$500.

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