JUNGHANS BRACKET CLOCK - Antique, Mantel - Westminster!

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  • Item Category: Furniture & Furnishings
  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Mar 27, 2011
  • Channel: Auction House

Gorgeous Junghans BracketClock

Mahogany Case -- Westminster Chime

c. 1900

This is an $800+ clock with a LOW reserve. Quick 10-Day Auction / It will sell!
If you love this clock, please stay on top of the bidding. Close of bid: Sunday, March 27th at 7:30 PM PST .

I am rarely this effusive about any clock, but this one is close to perfect, and has been a joy to own...........

The truly fine bracket clock is a cornerstone in any serious collection, and they don’t get much better than this superb quality piece by the legendary Erhard Junghans.

One company - Four generations! In 1861 Erhard Junghans succeeded in his dream of founding his own manufacturing company in the Black Forest town of Schramberg. Unfortunately he died shortly thereafter, leaving the company to his sons, Arthur and Erhard Jr. Arthur, curious about the manufacturing revolution beginning in America, visited, then incorporated that spirit into the company. Soon, they were producing over 100 clocks per day! In fact, so innovative was Arthur that he is credited with patenting over 300 inventions! Eventually, the company diversified into watches, and by 1903 grew to become the worlds largest manufacturer, producing 3 million units annually! In 1920 Arthur's sons Erwin and Oscar assumed management and after WWII responsibility was passed to Erhard's great-grandson, Helmuth. This was a bad time for the German clockmaking industry as the mass-produced movements made in the US proved stiff competition. However, granddaddy Arthur's inquisitive field trip to America may have allowed Junghans to thrive as other foundered, for the factory had early-on adopted the efficient methodologies necessary to keeping the company healthy and competitive. Eventually Junghans merged with such legendary companies Lenzkirch, Thomas Haller and Gustave Becker. Though no longer a family-run concern, Junghans continues to produce innovative clocks and watches to this day! ...........................

Antique clocks are a functional work of art and an appreciating investment!

They have held their value more than any category of collectible. Small and easily fit into an already furnished household, they lend an air of history and elegance to a modern setting.

This clock was purchased from the estate on an avid clock enthusiast in San Gabriel Valley, CA. It has been performing flawlessly ever since then -- and bringing much joy!

Keeping excellent time and striking and chiming with precision - on those gorgeous Westminster chimes!

It features a richly patinated, architectural style mahogany case with a massively constructed 3-train movement; featuring time / strike / chimes.

Westminster is a 1/4-hour chime that gets progressively longer with each 15 minutes (4, 8, 12, and 16 notes at 15, 30, 45 and 60 minutes, respectively), culminating in the full melody and an hour count at the top of each hour.

The cabinet is mahogany veneer with solid mahogany trim. It has acquired a lovely patina; dark and medium tones; lustrous with a rich but subtle reddish cast. Classic, architectural style. Two full-relief (round and freestanding) Tuscan columns support a triangular roof, and flank an arch-top dial. Founded on a concave molded base, and resting on four rectangular mahogany feet. The rear door consists of a framed fretted brass sound panel, covered in green silk, to better hear those lovely chimes. Only a few minuscule (really small) dings and a bit of fine alligatoring to some areas of the lacquer.

Fantastic condition for age -- NO obvious cracks or dents or scratches.
The movement is very clean . Most of this gentleman's clocks were put into storage around 1997 and it appears that he serviced this clock just prior to layup. The mechanism seems very well cared for. The brass is clean, bright, and all pivots seem tight. In fact, I'll go so far as to say that it is PERFECT.

The "Eight-pointed Star" / "J - UNGHANS" trad...