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West German "Black Forest" Kundo - Kieninger/Obergfell 400 Day "Miniature" Anniversary Clock / Circa 1950's or later

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German and Austrian Clocks16 of 102Neat looking old KS movement anniversary clockGustav Becker(65.5) wall clock circa 1912
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Posted 7 months ago

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mikelv85
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I've always wanted one of these because my grandmother had one. I loved watching it as a child and had hopes she'd leave it to me, but it just disappeared after she died. I have an electronic one that's all plastic I bought at Penney's 10 years ago but it's not the same. I searched this one online but it seems smaller 8-9" tall, so this may be one of their miniature versions. Also the dates say mid to late 50's but I think this one could be a bit later. It's glass dome is perfect and it's pretty clean, just a bit of brass tarnish from handling. The suspension wire seems fine and it's encased in a plastic tube. There is a locking lever for transport which wasn't engaged when I bought it . The pendulum was out of it's center support well too. I can't wind it as there is no key. I have two keys from other clocks but one is too big and the other is too small . Darn it ! They're on Ebay for a few dollars so no problem getting one. Just have to wait a bit longer to see if it runs. -Mike-

Note : The key arrived today and it needed to be fully wound. So far so good it's keeping great time ! Now I just have to wait 399 1/2 days :)

History Courtesy of E-How :

Kundo is a trademark name of Kieninger & Obergfell, a German clock manufacturer. The Kundo 400 Day Clock is a torsion pendulum clock. It is called an anniversary clock as a suggestion that you choose a meaningful date, such as the anniversary of the date you received it, as a reminder to wind it each year. If you forget, the clock will run for 400 days without winding. There are two versions of the Kundo Anniversary clock -- one with a fixed pendulum that you release in order for the clock to start operating, and one with a removable pendulum that you hang in place.

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  1. pops52 pops52, 7 months ago
    Nice!!!
  2. fhrjr2 fhrjr2, 7 months ago
    I'm so old I worry about what month it is, no worry about the day of the week or the time of day. Nice looking piece but when you get old, whether it runs or not won't really matter much...............unless your time is running out!
  3. mikelv85 mikelv85, 7 months ago
    Found a key on Ebay fairly close too in Lancaster Ohio. Should be here by Tuesday. The 9" clocks like this one are the junior, midget, or miniature ones. No wonder the keys I had didn't fit it's an in between size.
  4. gaiabestamore, 7 months ago
    I am so glad you posted. I have a twin clock of yours I purchased in Europe in 1966.
    It needs replacing the suspension and perhaps the part that holds it. I cannot find any model number to get parts. Have you found one? I would appreciate any help.
    And congrats on reviving your memories. I just planted night blooming jasmine to recall my grandmother's house.
  5. mikelv85 mikelv85, 7 months ago
    Hi gaiabestamore , Check out the link to this seller on Ebay. I needed a key for my clock and bought it from him. He has all the parts too and can help you get the right one. If it's exactly like mine it's the miniature or junior model. Which is about 9" inches tall. I'm sure he can help get yours running again. -Mike- :)

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/KUNDO-MINIATURE-400-DAY-ANNIVERSARY-CLOCK-SUSPENSION-SPRING-WIRE-UNIT-5E-/321219557975?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item4aca2d7a57

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