German, late Renaissance vertical table clock
Clock in the shape of a tower, a so-called Türmchenuhr, c. 1650.
The firegilt cast-brass case is from the point of view of Renaissance clocks relatively austere, with smooth side panels, smooth columns on the corners and only a base which is chased. There are framed windows in the removable side panels, through which the movement can be seen. Within the square top plate, which is surrounded by a baluster fence with slender turned finials on the corners, is a cylindrical arcaded gallery in which the bell is housed. This is surmounted by a finial circle, within which there is another finial circle, which supports a Moorish dome, surmounted by a hexagonal obelisk. The time is indicated by a gilt brass hour hand on a silvered chapter ring (I-XII). There is an Arabic alarm disc behind this hand to set the alarm time which is indicated by the ‘tail’ of the hour hand. Below this chapter ring is a secondary, quarter hour ring (I-IIII). The back shows an Arabic chapter ring to indicate the position of the striking train. The winding holes for going and striking trains are also on this side, whilst the alarm is wound on the right-hand side. Upon removing the side panel a pierced brass disc is revealed which operates the striking detent to resynchronise the striking train with the time indicated if necessary. The clock rests on raised bun feet.
The spring-driven, day-going, double fusee movement is made of iron and brass. It has a going train with balance wheel and vertical verge escapement and hog’s bristle regulation, as well as hour striking with countwheel and alarm.
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