A spring-driven table clock, signed on the chapter ring Corn Lerb Regenspurg, c. 1735. The beech and pinewood case is veneered and inlaid by brass, pewter, exotic wood and turtle-shell veneer and rests on four brass toupee feet. It is surmounted by five small brass urns, the two top side panels are finely cut and backed with red silk allowing the sound to pass through, the two side windows allowing a view of the movement, the rear panel being veneered and inlaid on the inside. The three-train chain-fusee movement of eight-day duration chimes the four quarters on six bells, identified A to F for their respective notes, followed by the hour strike. It has a going train with recoil anchor escapement with short silk-suspended pendulum and rise-and-fall regulation, whilst the striking train has rack strike without warning. The finely engraved gilt copper dial, decorated with scrolls and mythological scenes, has a silvered brass chapter ring with Roman numerals, both subsidiary dial rings in the top corners also in silvered brass, the left one for regulation, the right for strike/silent option (schlagt/nicht schlagt), a moon phase aperture in the middle with its own subsidiary window for the moon age, another aperture in the lower dial for the date indication. A discreet hand switch is placed below the strike/silent dial for selection of quarter strike or quarter chime. Literature: J. Abeler, Meister der Uhrmacherkunst, Wuppertal, 2010, pp. 343-44.
The Horological Foundation Desk Diary Project.
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