Beautifully Embossed, Gustav Becker, 3 Weight, Vienna Regulator Wall Clock, For Sale
Up for sale is a Gustav Becker,3 weight, Vienna Regulator wall clock. It has an 8-day,movement with full Grand Sonnerie chimes. A beautiful clock by any standard but this clock'sreal uniqueness is the matching, embossed, brass face, weights, andpendulum bob (see photos).
The case is walnut and the finish appears to be original. The cabinet is large, approximately50 inches talland over 17 inches wide, by 6 3/4"deep (oversize?). The serial number on the movement is #604188 which places the manufacturing date between 1885-1890. There are two stampings on the back of the movement, one for a metal awarded to Becker in France and the other has the Becker Name. I tried to show these in one of the photos.There is a similar clock with embossed weights, face and pendulumpictured on page 170 of the book, GustavBecker, authored by Tran Duy Ly. Most of Becker's clocks have plain brass weights and pendulum and no brass in the face. Thosedisplaying either engraving or embossing were far more labor intensive, i.e., additional costs. Even among those, many did not include an embossedclock face.
It has a 7 ” rarer, ( fluer-de-lis?) Ivory porcelain dial in very good condition.It strikes at each quarter hour on one bar, once at 15, twice at 30, three times at 45 and 4 times on the hour, followed by the number of the hour, also quarterly, on another bar.
The door has a repair at the top and has 2 split marks near the bottom, bothvery consistent with European clocks of this age. I tried to show this in a photo. The glass on 1 side is missing. Also the case may need a bit of glue, but it is not bad. The door glass has blemishesso if it is not original, it is certainly old. I also removed the chime rod mounts and the movement mounts to check for additiional holes. There are extra holes at the movement mounts, but I was able to line up the movement holder on all holes, which surprised me. If they line up, why the extra holes? I have seen this alot on American clocks, where a mounting hole(s) strips out, but who knows? Sometimes the cabinets will warp from missing glass in the side panels and the door moves to a point that the clock face is no longer centered. At that point, one can repair the cabinet or slid the movement to compensate. The result would be extra screw holes. Someonefilled in the extra holes before the clock came into my posession aproximately 35-40 years ago. I provided a photo so you can make up your own mind.
This extra info is provided so there are no surprises to the buyer. Remember, however, this is a very old and well usedclock. It is not without blemish.As a rule, I do not polish my clocks as I prefer the patina from years of use to the shine of newly polished clocks, therefore, this clock may not shine like some would like in the photos, but it will polish up very nice if that is desired.I leave that decision to the new owner. The weights have a few small dents consistent with the age and use of the clock. In 40 years of collecting, I have seen only a handful of these embossed clocks, so those of you that collect Vienna Regulators should take particular note, I believe it to be a true collector's item.
I have described everything to the best of my knowledge. I am selling the clock as is, no guarantees, for parts or restoration. Please examine each photo closelyas they also represent my description. If you have any concerns, questions, or doubts that need clarification, PLEASE ask prior to offerding and I will try to answer them as quickly as possible. A winding crank (not original) will be included.
SHIPPING: Antique clocks are not equipped for many of the rigors of modern shipping.The best option I have found is a professional packer who understands delicate items. This method is sadly, not perfect, but I believe it is the best chance for the clock to reach the buyer absent shipping damage.Please understand, using a pro packer is more expensive, involves additional time, requires extra packing material, all of which translates into increased shipping costs, but it maysave the clock from damage and isn't that what we are all striving for?Clocks are often double boxed and/or shipped in heavier gauge cardboard, if the packer deems it necessary. I leave it solely to his descretion and I willingly pay any additional cost over my fixed price. Insurance covering the price of the clock is also includedin my fixed rate.My propacker underwrites it, so he has an addedincentive to getit right. This gives the clock the best chance of arriving in as sold condition. If the entire cost is ever under my rate by more than $5, I will gladly refund the difference to the buyer. I do not make any money off shipping and handling!!! S&H for this clock is fixed at $125. Please remember this clock is a very large,heavy, and oversize. $125 will not cover the entire cost andI invite you to check that out yourself. The clock will be to the shipperwithin 3 days of payment clearance via a manner of my choosing, likely UPS or FedEx.
My goals are undamaged clocks to satisfied buyers, in that order.Therefore, if you are not pleased with your purchase, you may return it pursuant to the following criteria:
I must be notified of your intention to return an item before it is shipped back to me. The item must be shipped (in transit) within 14 days of buyers receipt. The item must be packed in a manner equivalent to which it was shipped by me, i.e., well packed against damage. The buyer pays shipping and any damages from the return. When these requirements are met, I will return the purchase price after ensuring the item has been returned in the same condition as when I initially shipped it.
I plan to place a few clocks on sale each month. Keep checking back if you might be interested in more nice clocks.
CALIFORNIA RESIDENTS WILL PAY STATE SALES TAX.
I accept Paypal only. Please, buyers within the continental US only.Payment is due within 3 days of sale’s end.