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Winterhalder  and  Hofmeier Oak Cased Bracket Clock-- Striking the quarters on two gongs

 

An impressive quarter striking bracket clock, the eight day spring driven movement has a dead-beat escapement and strikes the quarters on 2 gongs and the hours on one.  Stamped on the back plate is the trademark of the maker's 'W & H Sch', being that of Winterhalder and Hofmeier of Schwarzenbach  Germany. The domed dial has a matted centre, silvered chapter ring engraved with black Roman hour numerals and one subsidiary dial in the arch for 'slow/fast' regulation, with cast brass spandrels. The oak case has  fluted columns and is surmounted by two cast  finials  

Winterhalder and Hofmeier are possibly the most famous of the German Victorian clockmakers. The firm was started by Anton Winterhalder in Schwarzenbach, Germany in 1810, taking Anton Hofmeier into partnership in 1850, with the business finally closing on the death of Winterhalder's last son Linus in 1910. A large part of their output was made for Britain and the quality of movements and cases is always very high as seen in this example.
sold to a private collector

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