Rabu, 22 Juli 2009

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Rare Highly Carved Korfhage Tallcase in Oak,

with Calendar Subsidiary Dial, c.1890-1900


Here is a spectacular example of the work of Charles Korfhage, whose workshop was located at 12 Dutch Street in New York City. We don't know a lot about Charles Korfhage, but we do know that he held multiple patents on clock movements. He sold the movement in this tallcase clock in his wholesale catalogue for $52. We were delighted to find this clock in Tran Duy Ly's Longcase Clocks and Standing Regulators book (1994).


Here's what Korfhage says in his catalogue:"The Superiority of my Improved Movements (his punctuation, not ours), which have stood the test of time, consists not merely in having Dead-beat Escapement, Maintaining Power, Full-toned Gongs and Fancy Dials, but in simplicity of construction which has been achieved by an experience of many years of practical work and by means of best machinery adopted to this work."My Movements are above comparison with any other make either American or European, in material, workmanship and general excellence of appearance, as all parts are highly-polished and finely-finished throughout, and are a wonderful advance over the 'Old Timers;' in fact the Movements when put in the Cases give the most handsome appearing and best time-keeping Clocks suitable for any appropriate location that can be made." (Whew... that guy believed in himself!)


Physical: As you can see, this case is the result of the craftsmanship of a master cabinetmaker in every detail. It is simply a spectacular piece, measuring 23"w x 97-98" tall (hard to tell without a ladder) x 17.5"d. The width measurement is at the widest place on base. The case was professionally restored by rubbing out, overcoating with shellac (as originally used), the rubbing out again. It is in excellent condition as is the original 12" dial with two different hand-painted scenes on the moon dial.


Mechanical (again from the actual original catalogue description):

"The Chime Gongs are made of the finest cold-rolled imported flat-steel wire, tuned and mounted on a brass stand, fitted in the case with my improved Sounding-Board which re-inforces the tone."The Pendulum is fitted with a double suspension spring (such as used on Fine Regulators) hung on pivots, and the Pendulum Bob is made of brass, finely finished and suspended on a seasoned wood rod.



"The Weights are of lead, covered with finely finished brass shells or Cylinders which can be removed when necessary."

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Lenzkirch Cherub Mantle Clock, c.1890

Here's a beautiful and extremely clean Lenzkirch mantle clock that is coming out of the collection of a major player. We're proud to present it for your consideration...




Physical: The burled and gilded case measures 7.5"w x 15"h x 4.5"d. The finish on the wood is original; it has been polished and is in excellent physical condition; same with the gilding. The 3.5" diameter dial is in excellent condition and has "cartouche"-style numerals.


Mechanical: The 8-day time and bell-strike movement has serial number 715895 which you can see on the dating chart puts its date of manufacture at 1890. It has been professionally serviced and is in excellent running order. One very nice thing about this particular clock that is not on all the small Lenzkirch mantle clocks is that you can see the pendulum; most are blocked off so you only see the case.

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Spectatular Gustav BeckerOpen Well Clock, c.1891

Ship From Vista CA
We will have this clock atthe Greater Los Angeles Regionalin Pasadena if not previously sold.

At first glance, a knowledgeable collector would certainly guess this was a Lenchkirch clock. They would at least be from the right part of the world as an origin, but definitely from the wrong maker! This clock is a Gustav Becker through and through. Respendent in its brass trim, this magnificent clock stands out above the crowd, regardless of pedigrees!Unfortunately, the clock was hanging on a pegboard, so we've done our best to cut most of it out of the photos and had help with the front photo from our clock buddy, Craig Bates, in New Zeland... thanks, Craig!


Physical: The incredibly detailed walnut case measures 48" h x 19"w x 8.5"d. It recently received an exceptional professional restoration by one of the top guys on the West Coast who told us the case was essentially black when it arrived at his shop. Even he thought it was a Lenz. Several pieces of brass trim were re-cast in the restoration process as they were MIA.

The midcase section is very interesting. There is an latch on the left side that lets the front door open. But there are also a pair of walnut ball-tipped pins, one on each side that, when pulled straight out, release the entire movement surrount, much like the bonnet on a tallcase clock, allowing it to pull straight out to provide access to the movement from the side. The full-length photos below show the clock with the bonnet on and off as well as a side view of the movement with the bonnet off.

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"Hartfield" Chiming Wall Clock
Dimensions: 22 5/8 x 10 3/4 x 4 1/2 inches

This wall clock is finished in classic oak and is made of select hardwoods. The case features fluted columns and a deeply molded bonnet crown with a crown decoration. The black Roman numerals and black serpentine hands compliment the ornate brass and silver finished dial, while the pendulum has a wooden stick and a polished bob. You may select the Westminster quarter hour chime that chimes each quarter hour and strikes the full hour, or bim-bam strike on the hour and half hour. The quartz movement also features volume control and personalized night shut-off.

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"Buckingham" Chiming Wall Clock
Dimensions: 24 1/2 x 10 3/4 x 4 1/8 inches

This wall clock is finished in elegant cherry and is made of selected hardwoods and veneers. The case features a swan neck pediment, urn style finial, fluted columns, shell crown molding and a deeply molded crown. The black Roman numerals and black serpentine hands compliment the ornate brass and silver finished dial, while the pendulum has a wooden stick with a polished bob. You may select the Westminster quarter hour chime that chimes each quarter hour and strikes the full hour, or bim-bam strike on the hour and half hour. The quartz movement also features volume control and personalized night shut-off.

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"Shenandoah" Chiming Wall Clock



Dimensions: 26 x 12 x 4 1/4 inches




Ornate case with the following features: elegant cherry finish, removable filigree crown, angled scroll work columns, corner overlays and silk screened glass. The quartz dual chime movement chimes the quarter hours and strikes the full hour, It plays either Westminster or Ave Maria chimes and features volume control and personalized night shut-off.

Selasa, 21 Juli 2009

Perawatan Jam Antik


Jam antik memang sangat kuat karena benar2 terbuat dari besi pilihan, namun perlu diingat bahwa sekuat2nya bahan yang dipakai lama kelamaan akan aus juga jika kita mengabaikan perawatannya.... Untuk itu perlu diketahui cara2 perawatannya :


  1. Minimal satu tahun sekali di cuci (dibersihkan dari debu2 yang pasti masuk lewat celah2).

  2. Setiap 6 bulan sekali dilumasi dengan minyak pelumas khusus jam, pada poros2 as roda, terutama bagian anker.

  3. Memutar per/menarik bandul dengan hati2.

  4. Baru kita dengarkan lagu dari gamelan yang klasik itu...... selamat mencoba... jika masih kurang jelas saya siap membantu....