Art Deco era, mahogany desk clock, made by Junghans or the Hamburg American Clock Company (HAU), both located in Schramberg, Germany, circa 1927.
Case: 21cm x 11cm x 20cm solid mahogany desk clock in a square off case with cross banded edge and applied wooden block feet. The glazed engine turned bezel is centrally placed on the facade and there is a movement access door at the back of the case.
Dial: Gilt Roman hour chapter ring, closed minutes, gilt 'Antique Breguet' style hands, two winding aperture and a well grained mahogany dial center.
Movement: On a seatboard slotted into a seat within the case. A rectilinear solid brass movement with typical german round pendulum suspension screwed into the back plate. Powered by two steel springs of eight day duration and striking a coiled going on the hour and half hour with a cast iron gong stanchion in the typical Germanic manner. The back plate has the crossed arrow logo of both of the clock companies listed above. These companies initially consisted of relatives and eventually coalesced twoards the end of the 1920s.
Junghans and HAU, family connection:
The movement has the crossed arrows trademark of the Hamburg American Clock Company or HAC. HAC was formed in Germany in 1873 by Paul Landenberger and Phillipp Lang. The initial company was known as Landenberger & Lang Uhrenfabrik and had a trademark, a steamship with the words 'In God We Trust'. Paul Landenberger, son in law of Erhard Junghans, worked at Junghans for several years before starting up this new company. The company was involved in the production of clock movements, clock parts, dials, and cases for all types of clocks. Most of these products were sold to the trade as they were not in the business of selling finished clocks, it seems. The company changed their name to Hamburg Amerikanische Uhrenfabrik and Hamburg American Clock Company (HAC) in 1883. The famous crossed arrows became their trademark in 1892, at which time the company had aspirations toward the sale of finished clocks to the export market, particularly to Great Britain and North America. They were involved in the production of mantel, Longcase, wall, ship, and specialized industrial clocks, and they were still supplying components such as decorative parts dials cases, parts, and hardware for the clock industry. The company was a major producer of clocks in Germany, with 1300 employees in 1910. They produced many types of clocks from alarm clocks to employee punch clocks to wall and mantel striking and chiming clocks. In 1926 the company went into a cooperative with Junghans and in 1930 they finally merged with Junghans.
Size : L. 20 cm. ( 7 7/8" ) x B. 11 cm. ( 4 21/64" ) x H. 21 cm. ( 8 17/64" ).
Weight : 2, 264 g. ( 4 LB. 15.8 Oz. ).
Condition : very good - it is working and chiming. It comes with the original brass wind up key. In very nice condition with no major damage. The gilding of the metal bezel has worn off. A rather handsome little Art Deco clock.
Art Deco era, mahogany desk clock, made by Junghans or the Hamburg American Clock Company (HAU), Germany, circa 1927.