A unique, massive hanging clock in eclectic style. It is 184 cm long! With an incredibly rare, hand-made mechanism! Made in walnut wood, dated around 1873!
Designed by József Lechner in Pest, Hungary, just before the union of the three cities of Buda, Obuda and Pest forming Budapest.
The company was founded in 1811, and was known for its manual production of watches and clocks. The founder of the company was Lechner József senior born in 1784. He joined the watchmakers' guild in 1811 and was active until 1856 when his son József junior took over the business. József Lechner junior born in 1832 joined the watchmakers' guild in 1855 - a year before he took over the company from his father.
A huge, massive clock richly decorated with motifs characteristic of eclecticism, also decorated with Art Nouveau motifs.
The bottom of the clock is very decorative in a form narrowing towards the bottom, a profiled console decorated with engraved ornaments with a sterling at the bottom and two sterling at the sides.
The case is glazed on three sides, closed with single-leaf doors, with a frame construction. The sides are covered by huge canted columns topped with Corinthian capitals at the top and reliefs at the bottom.
The back wall behind the pendulum is decorated with tumours and engraved in the Art Nouveau motif of leafy thread.
The top of the clock with a protruding profiled cornice decorated with three engraved consoles and buttons.
The whole is crowned with a mighty semicircular crown with a richly sculpted outline placed centrally.
An extremely representative clock, live literally breathtaking.
The mechanism is signed "LECHNER JÓZSEF - PESTEN". Manufactured in about 1873. The clock's case on the so-called back is stamped with a large pocket-style stamp with the inscription "LECHNER JÓZSEF BUDAPEST".
Cable drive with exceptional a long untypical 49 day walk reserve!(unique). Drum on which the line is wound has no grooves which proves the age of the clock. Tension wheel is equipped with an additional pawl and spring, which supports the clock's driving torque during the winding process.
Pendulum regulator, Graham's handle with a solid one-piece anchor, anchor fork with a screw to adjust the pendulum centre. Full mechanism plates with pillars riveted to the rear plate.
The mechanism was made by hand without models and templates, this can be determined because the mechanism plates have a scribing mark with a watchmaker's circus for the interlocking!
The dial is white enamelled, with black Roman indexes and a signature. On the dial base numerous entries by watchmakers servicing the clock partly illegible one of the entries with date 1896. Steel openwork notes unbleached black painted (/blueing/ - hot applied corrosion protection coating). Wheel pinions milled and polished. Long pendulum with wooden rod, brass pendulum lens.
The mechanism is in very good technical condition (after a professional, professional inspection by a real watchmaker) it was made according to the old Viennese watchmaking school, its design and construction is identical to that of the leading Viennese "line" clocks.
There are no signs of excessive wear or unprofessional repairs (e.g. narrowing of bearings, or other unprofessional alterations).
The clock is unique on the antiquarian market - hand-made before the spread of mass production methods and industrialisation of the production process. Such clocks cannot be compared with mass producers such as LENZKIRCH, JUNGHANS or GUSTAV BECKER.
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