Posted 2 years ago
This HAC clock was a retirement gift given to my aunt Margaret Windle Bigham (third picture). She was my favorite aunt and I was her favorite nephew. Margaret passed in December of 2012, her daughter my cousin Charlene gave me this clock, she said momma would have wanted you to have it. Charlene, and probably Margaret for that matter knew it would be in good hands.
It is an open well (pendulum not encased) wall clock made by the HAC (Hamburg America Corporation) between 1906 - 1910. It runs beautifully and keeps excellent time.. The dial has ornamentation on it in the center that matches the pendulum.
The HAC (Hamburg American Company) was also known as HAU in Germany from the German company name Hamberg Amerikanische Uhrenfabrik.
When Erhard Junghans, founder of the Junghans factory, died in 1876, his widow's son in law, Paul Landenburger, who had acted as business manager for Junghans, left to start his own factory Named Landenburger and Lang.
In 1883 the name was changed to the "Hamburg Amerikanische Uhrenfabrik", HAC became a very well known German clock company. Kochmann has numerous references. The company used many different trademarks but the best known is the "crossed arrows" symbol which this one has. HAC eventually merged with Junghans in 1930.
Margret was born in 1918, she received a teaching certificate from Texas Women's University and was the first woman to receive a masters degree in special education at the University of Texas. She went on to acquire her PhD. It was never Dr. Bigham, it was always Margaret. She was a brilliant woman and full of life.