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German Mahogany Eight Day Time and Strike Hall Clock, made by United Freiburg Factory AG (formerly Gustave Becker), Silesia, ca. 1925

German Mahogany Eight Day Time and Strike Hall Clock, made by United Freiburg Factory AG (formerly Gustave Becker), Silesia, ca. 1925

Product Description:

In the Mission Arts & Crafts Style

Case: Hall Clock with broad horizontal pediment and base in strict rectilinear form, the upper section for the clock dial with wood panel surround and inset concave glass crystal, and the lower section having vertical wooden grill-work in the beveled glazed door through which the viewer observes the fall of two brass "bullet" shaped weights and the arc of the pendulum as it swings

Dial: A brass bezel about this silvered round dial with bold Arabic hour chapter, closed minute ring and steel European style "Spade" hands

Movement: A well made solid brass plate movement with anchor escapement and tubular pillars screwed into the back plate. The clock is powered by two "bullet" shaped brass encased weights and is of eight-day duration, striking and chiming on five metal rod chimes on the hour and half hour. The movement is marked "€œGB"€ for Gustave Becker, Freiberg, Silesia "€œP112"€ (Pendulum length is 112 cm.), "€œDRP 171859"€ (Deutsches Reiches Patent or true German patent number, and indicates that the patent was filed in Germany in the year 1905) and "€œMedaille D'Or"€ (the medal of gold was won by Gustave Becker at a competition in 1887 and was used on the company's movements as one of their trademarks from that time going forward). The base of the five rod gong is marked GB (Gustave Becker) and Regina (Regina made gongs and dated from the mid to late Art Deco era).

Dimensions:

Hall clock: 78 in. x 19 in

Condition:

In full working condition, genuine and original throughout, the wood and brass parts have the appropriate patina for their age. Please contact cataloging@lofty.com for specific condition questions. Lofty does not guarantee the working order of clock movements.

About The Artist:

Gustave Becker was born May 1819 in Silesia (Prussia). He learned clockmaking by visiting Viennese, Swiss and German clockmakers. By 1841 he was employed with a master clockmaker named Happacher in Vienna, making Viennese wall regulators. He traveled back to Silesia, married and set up a shop in the town of Freiburg. There he began to produce Viennese style wall clocks in a small factory with the help of school boys. In 1850 he was given machinery by the government with the proviso that he hire 80 boys from poverty stricken families. He had to feed them and teach them the clockmaking trade. In 1852 his clock designs won a state medal. By 1854 he was awarded larger contracts. With these finances he was able to build a case making shop nearby. By 1860 his weight-driven clocks were well known for quality of the movement and of the case materials and design. His name became a household word. By 1875 his clock output reached 300,000/year and he was awarded the gold crown by Kaiser Wilhelm. His brass movements won awards throughout Europe and Australia between 1862 and 1885. By 1880 his business was hurt by the production of cheaper spring-driven clocks from Germany. This forced Becker to compete in this market also. Many of the machines at his factory, which were steam driven, were of unique design for specialized purposes. His first priority was to combine efficiency with excellence of workmanship. Gustav died suddenly in Sept. 1885. Freiburg became a clockmaking center where several factories continued to follow Becker's model as a joint venture called the "United Freiburg Clock Factories A.G., formerly Gustav Becker. This firm used the Becker name as Becker A.G. and Junghans.

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German Mahogany Eight Day Time and Strike Hall Clock, made by United Freiburg Factory AG (formerly Gustave Becker), Silesia, ca. 1925

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