Thirty-hour wall clock, a so-called Amsterdammertje signed on the chapter ring Otto van Meurs Amsteldam, c. 1740. The walnut-veneered oak case has a sliding front panel with an oval lenticle and wooden surround. The arched hood is surmounted by gilt finials, in the shape of statuettes and glazed panels to the sides. The arched brass dial has a silvered chapter ring and alarm disc; pierced blued steel hands; gilt cast brass scroll spandrels and a circular silvered Chronos plaque, inscribed with the saying NIET SNELDER DAN DE TYT (‘not faster than time’). The brass plated movement has going and striking trains driven by a single weight (endless rope), as well as alarm. The going train has anchor escapement with a long pendulum whilst the Dutch striking train indicates the time on two bells differing in pitch, regulated by a count wheel. • Height: 125 cm. • The maker, Otto van Meurs (1714-1783), was a famous maker of longcase clocks and watches. He had his workshop in Lange Gasthuismolensteeg in Amsterdam. His son Rutger van Meurs was also a clockmaker. • Literature: E. Morpurgo, Nederlandse klokken- en horlogemakers vanaf 1300, Amsterdam, 1970, p. 87; H.M. Vehmeyer, Clocks – Their Origin and Development 1320-1880, Gent, 2004, pp. 254, 436, 1000.
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