AUSTRIAN WALL CLOCK,
a so-called PUSTERTALER, c. 1700
The movement is housed in a painted iron case. There are two painted doors to the sides, giving access to the movement. The case is surmounted by a bell, behind a pierced fret
The polychrome iron dial has a chapter ring with Roman hour, half-hour, Roman quarter-hour and Arabic five-minute divisions. The centre has a painted star-shaped motif. The corners are embellished by painted spandrels. The time is indicated by a pair of pierced iron hands.
The12-hour, weight-driven birdcage movement of this Pustertaler clock has going and striking trains. The going train has verge escapement with a short front pendulum (a so-called Kuhschwanzpendel – ‘ox-tail pendulum’). The hour-striking train indicates the hours on the bell.
The Pustertal (Puster valley) is situated in the southern region of Austria, South Tirol, close to the Italian border.