Antique Gustav Becker Wall Clock--amazing & Scarce "ave Maria" Quarter Chime
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Antique Gustav Becker Wall Clock--amazing & Scarce "ave Maria" Quarter Chime:
A beautiful and rare find! I have never seen a Quarter Hour Chime Gustav Becker that played the AVE MARIA tune, and wow (!) to find one in a cabinet as distinctive as this is truly a thrill! To say that it has proven difficult to determine this clocks history would certainly be an understatement. But along with all the clocks I have listed this week from a local hometown collection, I am again pleased to offer this one to the highest buyer!I am estimating the age of this clock to be from the early 1900's-1920 era. It definitely exhibits all of the highest quality German workmanship, as well as superior materials used in its construction that collectors appreciate and search for when adding to their personal collection. The cabinet is crafted of a pleasing species of European fruitwood, likely European Walnut, and offers an impressive presentation in display due to its grand design and generous size. With dimensions of 44" tall by 16" wide and 9 1/2" deep, it is a sizable wall clock that will command the attention of even the most casual observer. I've included several unedited photos for you to see details of this clock, and I hope you can be as impressed as I was when first seen. But aside from its obvious optical appeal, what may be one of its best attributes is the unseen AVE MARIA quarter hour chime movement. I have personally collected clocks for a dozen plus years, and this is the very first antique aged AVE MARIA movement I have had the privilege to examine. And I can say with certainty that it is constructed of the finest brass and steel materials of the time. Thick movement plates, highly polished steel pivots, and leather tipped chime hammers are just a few of its quality's. The movement incorporates a 6 hammer chime assembly striking 6 perfectly tuned chime rods to sound out the quarter hour chimes and full Ave Maria tune at the top of each hour. It is then followed by a separate 4 hammer strike assembly hitting 4 tuned rods in unison to count out the hours with a very sweet tone. All of these components having been fit up in this large cabinet, which basically acts as an oversized sound chamber, provides the listener a most enjoyable experience each time it plays. It handles the entire chime system with a patented Rack & Snail design which for the clock novice simply means that it will always chime and strike the correct sequence, even if you forget to wind it or when setting the time, unlike a traditional Count Wheel styled movement that you would likely need to "turn back-turn forward" to correct. Hopefully my pictures of the movement can give you some idea of its quality. I have been selling antique clocks on for quite sometime now, and I know that it can be a challenge when deciding what an item may be worth. But I do know that if you enjoy exceptional looks as well as a superior sound in your antique clock, a clock that you will likely keep for many years to come, than this may be just what you've been waiting for! So please view the photos and enjoy the offerding process!!
Email me if you have any questions. I am happy to reply! MIKE
Overall dimensions are an impressive44" tall by 16" wideand 9 1/2" deep.WINNING buyerPLEASE DO NOT MAKE PAYMENT UNTIL AN INVOICE WITH TOTAL IS RECEIVED FROM ME.
SHIPPING NOTE-PLEASE READ!Due to this clocks large size, continental U.S.A. shipping only.Shipping cost within the continental U.S.A.will likely be in the $85-$105 range, more or less,depending on exact location and insurance requirements. I amnot out to make a profit on shipping costs. But through experienceI have found that these larger clocks, when safely packaged, cost a noticeable amount.Otherwise, personal pick-up is welcome, and FREE, in the southern MN area.PLEASE VIEW THE OTHER RARE ANTIQUE CLOCKSTHAT I CURRENTLY HAVE FOR SALE!
On Jul-23-13 at 12:33:13 PDT, seller added the following information:ITS OFFICIAL!! I'VE GIVEN UP TRYING TO GET MY MINUTE LONG VIDEO & AUDIO CLIP TO ATTACH TO THIS LISTING!!! IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO HEAR THIS CLOCK CHIMING, SEND ME YOUR CELL PHONE NUMBER OR EMAIL ADDRESS AND I WILL TRY TO SEND IT TO YOU!!On Jul-23-13 at 18:19:03 PDT, seller added the following information:
I can send anyone a short video clip of the chiming sound of this clock,I just need your email address....Mike