A stunning Arts and Crafts, oak cased mantel clock of superb quality, manufactured by the Hamburg American Clock Company (HAC) for Liberty & Co. of London. The oak case features applied silver-plated mounts on the dome top and front elevation, decorated with daisy roundels and a silvered dial with iconic Arts and Crafts motifs (stylised numerals, hammered edge and centre and wavy, blued steel hands. The upper dome also features vertical bars to the front and both sides. The lower front section features a central, opaque glass panel in shades of yellow, blue, green and ochre plus a central copper and silver-plated shield.
The clock features a 14-day movement by HAC (mechanism is stamped with their cross swords logo) and chimes on the half hour.
HAC was founded in 1883 from the partnership of Paul Landenberger and Philip Lang in Schramberg. Originally called Landenberger and Lang, became the Hamburg Amerikanische Uhrenfabrik in 1891. Landenberger previously worked as business manager for Junghans (q.v.). In 1930 the HAC merged with Junghans. The trademark of two crossed arrows was registers in 1892. The company name is derived from a key investor who wanted to have ‘Hamburg’ in the company name and the fact the movements were based on the ‘new’ American production methods (Ref: The British Museum).
The clock has been completely restored by the clock specialist Paul Martin and is in superb condition and fine working order. It will, however, need to be calibrated once in situ to ensure accurate time keeping (via pendulum adjustment) and alignment between the timing and strike mechanisms. It is possible to do this yourself using on-line information and videos or you may prefer to have it done by a clock specialist.
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