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    Posted 7 years ago

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    I also have this clock from my grandparents. I have no information on it except this one and only I found online:

    Antique German or Germany Shelf Anniversary or 400-Day Clock
    German anniversary clock, musical. 8 day, jeweled movement. Pull out the drawer in front, music plays. Carrying handle, access to clock from the back, wind music underneath. Attractive 8 inch brass case, glass (or plastic) ends, music plays.

    I cant read the name on the face of the clock--its a slanted scripty type-- and can find no marking on the movement. Mine is plastic and not glass on the sides.

    Any help appreciated!

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    1. Bruce99 Bruce99, 7 years ago
      In order to help identify your clock, please provide the following:

      Any and all information printed, stamped or labeled on the dial, movement, case, pendulum and key. This includes names, trademarks, serial/model/patent numbers and dates. If you can't read it directly, please provide clear, well lit closeups.

      If mechanical, how often does it need to be re-wound? You describe it as a 400-Day Clock and later as having an 8-day jeweled movement.

      Measurements of the dial and case. Please take measurements at the longest, widest, and deepest points only.

      As mentioned earlier, well lit photos of the entire case, with close-ups of the dial, movement and any distinctive decorative feature(s) or labels may be very helpful.

      Although providing this information will increase the chance that someone here may recognize your clock or provide you with more background information, it still may not lead to a definitive model or date.
    2. andrea47997, 7 years ago
      I actually found the description from this website: a
      the only place I've seen another
    3. Bruce99 Bruce99, 7 years ago
      Hi, your link should be edited so that it doesn't have an "a" at the beginning. All I know is that "Anniversary" (or 400-day) clocks generally need to be re-wound once per year, hence the name. Clocks with 8-day movements need to be re-wound once per week. So unless this clock has two separate gear trains (one for time and another for music) it can not be both a 400-day and 8-day clock. Since the music only plays when the drawer is pulled out I have to wonder where they would get an "8-day" movement from. Take the time to supply the photos and information and perhaps someone can help you further otherwise, that link is probably as good as it will get. Good luck.
    4. andrea47997, 7 years ago
      I have added more photos, and cannot find any marking on this anywhere except for the face of the clock, and that is unreadable.
    5. Bruce99 Bruce99, 7 years ago
      Well, I can read the name either and certainly don't recognize it.

      I've never run across one of these before.

      I could be wrong but it looks to me like a "faux" 400 day Anniversary Clock. The four-ball Torsion Pendulum doesn't look to be functional as far as regulating the speed of the clock is concerned...also there doesn't appear to be a suspension spring that is normally found in "Anniversary Clocks". So it appears to be an 8-day mechanical clock which may drive a strictly decorative pendulum.

      Assuming that your clock runs, can you describe it's operation? How do you adjust the speed (regulate)? Does the ball pendulum oscillate when the clock is running? Does the clock wind down in week? How is the music powered?

      Sorry, it would seem that I only have questions and no answers. Perhaps another collector will be able to tell you more about it.
    6. crazycharacter, 7 years ago
      The clock shown was made by Schmid.

      Schmid-Schlenker made wall and table clocks until they were bought out and stopped production about 1990.

      They were in business from 1935 to around 1990.

      The factory moved to Bad Durrheim in 1952.
    7. andrea47997, 7 years ago
      Bruce99, thank you!, as of right now it doesn't run, and neither does the music box underneath. I plan on taking it to a clock repair to see the cost of fixing it!
    8. andrea47997, 7 years ago
      crazycharacter, Thanks, I will look into it more!

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