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A grandfather or tall case clock from about 50 years ago has a brass movement from Germany signed "FHS" for famous maker, "Hermle." The American made yew wood case has a hand carved crest and "bombe" base. Each quarter hour, more bars of the familiar "Westminster" chime tune from Big Ben in London play. Every hour is counted at the top on resonant chimes.
The original finish is very well preserved with warm color and glowing burl grain plus a little crackling or crazing for character, see photos.
The movement keeps accurate time for a week when wound by pulling the chains on the weights. Signed "Made in West Germany," the filigree dial is engraved "Tempus Fugit," Latin for Time Flies. The brass lyre and pendulum have a little wear to the finish to show their age.
Measurements are 21" wide, 12" deep and 82" tall.
This clock needs to be "set up" when delivered - weights and pendulum attached and the case leveled. Most of our customers can do this as we walk them through the fairly simple steps by phone. The process is not very difficult, and it is also nice to know how to do this again whenever the clock needs to be moved for cleaning, painting or whatever. A few customers prefer to hire a local clockmaker at their own expense to make a house-call and set up the clock, which is usually not very expensive, depending on your location.
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