Perfect as a strong statement on desk or sideboard this Winterhalder & Hofmeier (c. 1890) German mantel clock is now available for sale from Southern Clocks. Its dramatic galleried oak case has a pleasant patina consistent with its age. It strikes on two gongs marking each quarter hour in characterful tones. The silvered chapter ring dial encloses a matted centre and features relatively unusual subsidiary dials; one to regulate, marked slow/ fast, and the other to allow the strike to be turned off at quiet times. The architectural stepped case is surmounted by a pleasing gallery top.
As with most striking mantel clocks this clock movement operates with two mainsprings to operate the ‘going’/timing and the striking. It is designed to be wound weekly and run for at least eight days. On test it runs for 10 days before rewinding.
Winterhalder & Hofmeier are among the best of the German mechanical precision clock manufacturers from the later half of the 19th Century. They were made to exacting quality standards showing exemplary Black Forest craftsmanship. Such quality means that regular maintenance allows excellent timekeeping today. The clocks can be identified by the engraved W & H SCH initial letters visible low down on the back plate of the movement. This represents their town of manufacture, Schwaerzenbach, which to this day still houses a private collection of Winterhalder & Hofmeier clocks.
This clock has been fully serviced and restored in Southern Clocks’ workshops. A full photographic record of the work done is provided as part of the sale and the clock will be set up in the purchaser’s home and maintenance instruction provided as required. This clock is 44.5 cm (17.5 inches) high and 19.5 cm ( 7.7 inches deep) and is available for sale at £1,350 (incl VAT).