Onyx ( we believe ) and Dore bronze, Art Deco, spring driven, canister style, travel alarm desk clock, made by Gebruder Junghans (Junghans cooperative with Hamburg-Amerikanische Uhrenfabrik), Schramberg, Germany, circa 1930.
Case: 14 cm x 4 cm x 11 cm. Onyx, pyramidal shaped, clock case with brass base trim encircling all sides and having three volutes on the front. The narrower upper end encloses the dial of this canister mechanism. . . Dial: A glazed, gilt white metal bezel overlies this ivory colored round dial with luminous (radium) upright Arabic hours, open bar minutes, true "skeleton" hands and the alarm pointer which is set by moving it in a counterclockwise direction. Dial unsigned. . . Movement: Compact brass canister time and alarm movement marked on the back plate with the crossed arrows, originally of the HAU Factory before 1900, but after merging into the Junghans company in 1930, Junghans registered the same trademark of crossed arrows and made use of the HAU factory. the movement is wound from the back of the canister and has skate key winding for the mainspring and for the alarm spring, a screw for setting the time and knob for setting the alarm and a lever for altering the speed of the movement. The side view indicates that the various setting devices would be more apparent by pressing the outer cover down.
Depth: 4 cm. ( 1 37/64" ).
Weight : 813 g. ( 1 pound, 12.6 ounces ).
Condition: seems to be fully intact ( one winder is missing, I think ) - not working - needs some ' tender loving care' , some restoration - perhaps an ideal purchase for a clock restorer/enthusiast/collector.
This German company was founded as Landenberger and Lang by Paul Landenberger and Philip Lang in 1875. A Junghans family son-in-law, Paul Landenburger, had left the Junghans business to form his own company. Initially, they were a clock movement manufacturer producing movements that resembled the Parisian movement model. They first registered as the Hamburg-Amerikanische Uhrenfabrik (HAU) in 1886. They were located in Schramberg, Germany in the Black Forest region. Their first trademark was a complicated design of eagle and flag, while the HAU was first registered in 1891. Shortly thereafter they registered their best known crossed arrows trademark in 1892, first for home use and then again 10 days later for international use. In 1893 they also used a beehive and in 1905 a lamp of wisdom trademark. As the company grew they produced clocks of all types, cases and parts, both wholesale and retail. They created both simple clocks and complicated "industrial" line of clocks. In 1926 they formed a cooperative with Junghans, their greatest competitor. The two companies merged in 1930 under the name Gebruder Junghans. In the first decade of the 20th century, they developed ties to English clockmaking giants Grimshaw and Baxter and the Enfield Clock Company, both companies also using the crossed arrow as a trademark at different times. Initially, in England, HAC had a warehouse for the wholesale trade. In 1907 they had their own company in England under, the HAC name, mainly for the importation of clocks.
Art Deco, travel alarm desk clock, made by Gebruder Junghans, 1930.
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