Case made in Germany, c. 1880. Miniature tower clock probably French, same vintage. Three
train, eight day duration in Walnut a burl wood case. Steel strap framed design, Count
wheel quarter striking. Graham type dead beat escapement, one second wooden rod pendulum.
Case = 91"h x 21"w x 9 1/2"d, movement = 13 1/2"w x 9"h x
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This video shows a miniature three train tower clock that is mounted within
a domestic tall case (Grandfather) clock. Some European tower clock makers
offered a miniature of their full-sized versions in a grandfather-type case
for domestic use, mostly as an advertisement for their wares. These were
always quite rare since it was unlikely that the wife would like to have
such an "engineers" style grandfather clock in the house. On my website I
have facsimiles from several catalogs that depict these miniature tower
clocks in tall cases, but none have the refinement of this one. The wood has
burl inlay, carving and brass covered weights. This clock really could be at
home in a refined domestic environment.
The wood case has Art Nouveau design features popular in late 1800's in both
Germany as well as the United States. The dial also has strong Germanic type numbering.
The movement itself, however looks to be of French design. The style of strike locking and
release levers as well as the pilot dial adjustment mechanism all have French design. For
comparison see a full sized three train tower clock as
well as a miniature exhibition tower clock, both by
Gourdin of France.
Sometimes the makers of full-sized tower clocks made miniatures meant to be used and
specially displayed in a domestic environment like this one. Wagner, Mannhardt, Wuele as
well as other did this. These clocks were never widely popular; imagine convincing the
Misses that this clock is preferable to a conventional Grandfather clock in the house!
Therefore these are quite rare.