Posted 10 months ago
Time for something different. I found this mantle clock at Volunteers of America today for 9 dollars. It had no name on it anywhere, not even the face where it usually is. The bezel is actually nailed to the solid oak case. Which are four 1" sections of oak glued together. It's 18 3/4" long 9" tall and 4" deep. There is no door, it's solid and heavy ! The only way to access the movement is to pry the nails out remove the hands and then the face. Someone had already tried and got two out with no damage. I gently removed the other two. Behind that was the movement screwed in place to a circle of plywood. I knew there should be a name and there was, it was Franz Hermle. I don't think this clock is very old. The info engraved on the movement is " 87, Franz Hermle ,Two (2) Jewels ,unadjusted ,Made in West Germany 130-070. There is also the number 0307 stamped in black on one of the movement supports. There was no key and the movement was loose from the mounting board. I tightened it back in place but I don't know if it runs. Need to find a key before I put it back together. Nailing the face back is rather permanent and I don't want to damage it. I'll probably get some tiny brass screws instead of the nails. There is already a bit of scuffing from the hands to the face. The little bells sound wonderful. Hope I can get it to run again !
Hermle Clock History
Courtesy of: www.theclockdepot.com
Nearly one hundred years ago, Franz Hermle began manufacturing and selling mechanical clocks. In 1922, Franz Hermle founded the Franz Hermle Clock Company in Gosheim/Wuerttemberg, Germany. Within ten years the company became known as one of the most modern and efficient manufacturers of clock movements in the clock industry. Franz Hermle and his sons’ dedication weathered the effects of WWII and made Franz Hermle and Sohn, prosper while other companies capitulated.
The founder, Franz Hermle, died in 1953 and left a modern and prosperous operation to his sons Gebhard, Alfred, Hans and Heinrich Hermle. They have continued to build the company into a worldwide leader in the manufacturing of clocks, and mechanical clock movements.