Square table clock

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Hamburg, Germany
C. 1670
Gilt brass, blued steel, silver
8.5 cm
11.5 cm
11.5 cm

J. Abeler, Meister der Uhrmacherkunst 2. auflage, p. 469.
H.M. Vehmeyer, Clocks - their origin and development 1320 - 1880, vol. 1, Gent 2004, pp. 69-71.

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This German square table clock is entirely made of gilt brass and manufactured in Hamburg, c. 1670. The time is indicated by a blued steel hand on a silvered chapter ring. The hours are shown in Roman numerals, with a thin arrow for the half hours. The top of the clock is engraved with elegant flower and foliage motifs; in the center of the chapter ring is an abundantly flowering plant.

The day-going movement consists of two trains, the going work has a brass fusee with an iron chain and a spring-balanced verge escapement, the whole can be regulated by a brass bridge ring. The striking mechanism with a locking plate indicates the hours on the bell. The clock is richly engraved on, among others, the locking plate, the bell hammer and the winding arbor and is signed; Hans Rossbach Hamburg. The square clock stands on four legs, which provide space for the bell under the movement. 


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