Mid 17th century Southern German crucifix clock


A rare mid 17th century South German striking crucifix clock with alarm, of museum quality. Due to the importance of this clock, we have not carried out any restoration, leaving it in its excellent original working condition.

The very small spherical clock dial is mounted on a gilt bronze crucifix. The sphere rotates over 12 hours such that the time can be read from the fixed steel pointer on the engraved band of Arabic numerals. The alarm is set with the hand mounted above the dial.

The cross has gilt bronze mounts of the sign of the Trinity over the figure of Christ over a smaller figure of the Virgin.  On either side are figures of St Peter and Mary Magdalene, all being well cast.

The ebonised wooden clock base houses the two train fusee and spring barrel movement. This is deservedly visible from the front and back of the clock through the glazed apertures. The movement is mounted on three horizontal brass plates with a vertical balance wheel escapement. The strike train barrel is pierced with foliate scrolls and an outside countwheel governs the striking on a bell mounted in the base via shaped hammer.

The case has volute side mounts and applied gilt mounts, all raised on a plinth base over bun feet

  • Height: 19 1/2  inches (50cms)

Similar examples are illustrated in Klaus Maurice ‘Die Deutscher Raderuhr’ vol. 2, Munich 1976, illustrations 407-420.

As no restoration has been carried out, neither can we guarantee the continuing working of the clock.

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