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Mid 20th Century Tall Case Dutch Marquetry Reproduction with an Antique French Morbier Movement

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    Posted 5 months ago

    Bruce99
    (9 items)

    We believe that this clock is from the 1940s or 50s with a genuine antique French Morbier 4-Bell Quarterly Strike.

    In the first half of the 20th Century there was a huge revival of interest in antique
    clocks of all kinds, especially after the publication of Wallace Nutting’s
    The Clock Book, the 2nd edition of which came out in 1935.

    Some cabinet makers responded to this interest by making period cases and
    fitting them with either new or antique movements. Antique Morbiers,
    which had been made in huge quantities over a long period were ideal candidates for fitting
    into higher quality, handmade cases.

    Even the huge American clock
    manufacturers like Seth Thomas, contributed to the flurry of reproductions:
    their “Tradition” line from the 1950s and 60s are dead ringers for the pillar
    and scroll cases that housed their very first clocks.

    Our Tall Case Clock, which we've named "Dutch", with its carefully-fitted antique movement and its artisan case, is a good representative of this era.

    At 15 minutes past the hour, it strikes a sequence of three cup bells; at 30 minutes it strikes the three-bell sequence twice and three times at a quarter till the hour. At the top of the hour it strikes the number of hours on the largest of four cup bells and repeats the strike about 3 minutes later in case you missed it the first time. This repeat of the hourly strike is characteristic of Morbier Movements.

    We hope that you have enjoyed meeting "Dutch".

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    Comments

    1. Newfld Newfld, 5 months ago
      Dutch is awesome, what a fabulous elegant clock! Congratulations on this lovely find
    2. Watchsearcher Watchsearcher, 5 months ago
      It’s absolutely beautiful but does all that bell ringing get aggravating?
    3. SEAN68 SEAN68, 5 months ago
      what a stunner clock!!!
    4. Gillian, 5 months ago
      An amazing clock. Is the movement on the outside?
    5. Brunswick Brunswick, 5 months ago
      Exquisite!!

      Thomas.
    6. Bruce99 Bruce99, 5 months ago
      Thank you Newfld, Watchsearcher, Sean68, Gillian, and Brunswick for stopping by, for your "Love It" clicks, and for your very kind remarsk. Gillian, no, the movement was temporarily removed from the case to examine and oil it. I took pictures of it then.

      Thanks also vetraio50, Ben, renedijkstra, officialfuel and fortapache for stopping by and for your "Love It" clicks. :)

      I'm happy to know that you all have enjoyed Dutch! I wish that I could do that kind of wood work, but I'd probably cut off a finger just trying.

      Thanks again,

      Bruce
    7. Bruce99 Bruce99, 5 months ago
      Thank you blunderbuss2. Much appreciated.
    8. Bruce99 Bruce99, 5 months ago
      Thank you Broochman and Vynil33rpm for stopping by and for your clicks of appreciation! Glad to know that you like the posting. :)
    9. Bruce99 Bruce99, 5 months ago
      Thank you kwqd for stopping by and for your "Love It" click! :)
    10. Bruce99 Bruce99, 5 months ago
      aura, thank you. much appreciated.
    11. Bruce99 Bruce99, 5 months ago
      Thank you Hunter!
    12. Trey Trey, 4 months ago
      Very nice :)
    13. Bruce99 Bruce99, 4 months ago
      Thanks for the "Love it" click and for your kind comments Trey!
    14. Trey Trey, 4 months ago
      Your welcome:)
    15. Bruce99 Bruce99, 2 months ago
      Thank you for the "Love it" click MALKEY! :)
    16. Bruce99 Bruce99, 2 months ago
      Thank you ttomtucker!
    17. Bruce99 Bruce99, 2 months ago
      Thank you Hoot60 for the "Love it" Click! :)
    18. Bruce99 Bruce99, 11 days ago
      Thanks again Russ!

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