Beautiful Friedrich Mauthe Clock
Mauthe started as a general supplier for clockmakers tools and equipment and accepted clocks on a barter system. As the demand for clocks grew, Mauthe started his own manufacturing enterprise in 1876. His sons Christian and Jacob joined the family enterprise in 1876. In 1886 the Mauthe factory started her own spring drawing facilities. In 1899 a case factory was added, by 1900, 1000 employees were on the payroll. In 1915 Mauthe added their own sawmill and milling shop. In 1923 the year of inflation made competition for Mauthe tough. In 1930 2000 workers produced 45,000 clocks and watches a week. By 1923, 60% German clocks exported to London were Mauthe. In 1970, Mauthe struggled for survival, in 1975 the company was in receivership and forced to close in 1976.I am not certain of the vintage on this: I've seen folks claim it to be 1930's, others place it in the 40's to 60's. I did have a look at the mechanism, it is an earlier one with a solid anchor on the escapement instead of the later strip pallet. Entire movement is brass, was later movements used plastic in the motion works. The chime block is heavier than that found on later models. It's the bigger block that give these clocks the sweet lingering resonance after the chimes have struck. Probably the nicest chimes I've heard in a wall clock (almost as nice as my 1930's vintage Urgos long case clock!). The clock winds and runs as it should, t are no problems whatsoever to report. Full Winchester chimes and strikes the hour as it should. Condition is exceptional. I found this at an estate sale, and I may have been the first guy to take it off the wall in 30 years. I've rarely seen these in as nice a conditon as this one! (I really hate to part with it, but I have a beauty of a comtoise to pay off!) The clock itself weighs almost 9 pounds, and it'll take some substantial packaging to insure safe shipment, so I estimate shipping weight at about 14 pounds, plus or minus one or two pounds. I'd like to keep it on my wall until I have to sadly pack it up to ship it out. Total weight, boxed for shipping rounds up to 14 pound. Any items I sell which may be considered fragile will be packed appropriately and I will add $1.00 for all domestic (US) shipments to help pay for things like shippng materials, delivery confirmation fees and all that miscellaneous stuff that does add up! Intenational shipments, I will add $5.00 for having to do customs/export forms and for standing in line at the Post Office. Given the fragile nature of this item, insurance must be included . I assure you this item is as described when it ships, but I can not be responsible for how it's handled in transit, so if it shows up mashed, mangled or broken, and insurance is our protection against any incidental damage.
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