Raised the weight to 17 pounds and all seems to run well. Junghans continued to exist in West Germany, but clocks bearing the Becker brand were no longer produced. Worth looking at, but they mention nothing about Braunau factory! Any help is very much appreciated. I'm just weighting to clear up a couple of other current projects. Numerous awards and certificates followed, from trade expos as far-flung as Australia and as close to home as Vienna. He was very adept at leveraging this new-found notoriety to the benefit of his business enterprise. Born in 1819, Becker trained as a clockmaker in Germany and Austria.
The quartersawn oak case is a good indicator that it dates to the Arts and Crafts era, even though it looks to have some earlier transitional elements to the design. In 1847, he settled in , Lower Silesia now , Poland , and that April he opened a small clock shop with a few employees to whom he taught clockmaking. Is 17 pounds too heavy? I'll be back in touch shortly. The provenance is cloudy and I'm only relying on what I remember from mum telling me - I remember Mr Grundy across the road and mum looking after him, but I don't have a clear recollection of the clock coming into our home. To see the movement remove the pendulum and weights, unscrew two screws under the wooden runners that the base plate of the clock sits on, and slide the movement forward and out. Have been busy collecting Gustav Becker clocks over the past ten years and think I might have too many now.
The earliest date we have of the movement design that is found in your clock is one that was made in the July-September quarter of 1922. After the ended, the Gustav Becker factory's location was transferred from Germany to Poland, and clock production there ceased. Cheers Walesey Click to expand. The case is polished mahogany veneer. It's an exhibition home that my husband and I love - but can't afford! The last photo was an accident! The dial, pendulum, and weights for your clock are style No. I got a chance to buy this grandfather clock But I am not sure whether I should buy it or not.
For reference only, use at your own risk. I see he did that while I was completing my research for this post. I also posted this on clock board, but havent got any answer yet. Use the browse tab to select the picture on your computer. He struggled to produce clocks with an unskilled labor force until a design award in 1852 gave him the prestige to attract the quality of workers needed for success in this new industry.
Hi John Thanks for such a quick response. I got a chance to buy this grandfather clock But I am not sure whether I should buy it or not. The main difference between the movements for these clocks is the pendulum length, plus the dual chime model has a quite different movement design. Below are some information that I copied from the internet. There is a tab above the 12 for the Whittington to silent to Westminster so I'll get a clearer photo of that as well.
The paper dial has roman numerals and arabic numbers outside for the calendar ring. Sources used are listed above. This indicates the pendulum is 112 cm long from the upper suspension to the bottom of the pendulum rod. Hello Deborah, and thanks for posting these additional photos of your clock. Becker incorporated that first medal and his initials, G.
Any help is very much appreciated. I have never tried that. Is it usual or do I have a problem with the movement. Copyright 2002 by Dean Kinard. The cast pendulum is visible through the bottom door. Has three weights and the pendulum, the face is roman numerals. Dated to around 1900, the ornately decorated case was one of the most unique examples of craftsmanship that originated from the Becker factory in Freiburg.
Dutch Agent's Ad for Gustav Becker Clocks After the introduction of the spring driven mechanism, a whole new variety of clocks was made possible. Like Deborah's clock, mine was purchased as a movement and the case was built, here in Australia, by my Grandfather, back in the 1930's. The weights I have are cylindrical type and I dont think they are original. You have given an interesting provenance for the clock, however our information doesn't completely support the time frame you indicate the movement and case may have been made. Mr Grundy was nearly 100 when he died, so maybe his memory was cloudy, or it's just I heard wrong highly probable! Gustav Becker Clocks were produced by the German manufacturer from the middle of the nineteenth century. We will look forward to seeing the photos of your clock.
He won at clock fairs in , , , , and. The bottom glass is not original. In 1850, thoroughly trained in clockmaking in Germany and in Vienna, he established a small clockmaking shop in Freiburg, Silesia not the Black Forest Freiburg. All Gustav Becker clocks are repaired in our national service center location. Any clocks that were powered by the spring driven mechanism were made after 1880.
I have two 3kg weights and a 7. The Westminster would chime very slowly. There is not the remotest chance that this clock is mid 19th C, any more than Henry Ford knocked out the occasional Mustang on the model T production line. It's a P122 and the only other number on the back of the movement is 475. Has three weights and the pendulum, the face is roman numerals. Based on the serial number of the movement, your clock was made near the end of 1925, about ten years later than the information you were given.