German Pinwheel Clock with Wood Pendulum

  • This German pinwheel clock is almost certainly the only one of its kind
  • It features an extraordinary pendulum that is carved almost entirely from wood
  • The clock keeps the time thanks to its highly accurate pin wheel escapement
  • Such precise clocks are highly coveted by collectors
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Item No. 31-1163

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This exceptionally rare German pinwheel clock is almost certainly the only one of its kind in existence. The highly unique timepiece features an extraordinary pendulum that is carved almost entirely from wood. 

Due to the nature of wood, which expands and contracts with changes in temperature and humidity, it was generally a poor choice for use in a pendulum. If a pendulum where to shorten or lengthen, the ability for a clock to accurately tell time would be comprised. This ingenious example, however, compensates for this by carving the wood around a decorative mirror. The mirror allowed the wood to hold its shape, while also adding an attractive decorative element to the timepiece. The result is an absolutely extraordinary clock that reveals the mastery and ingenuity of its maker.

Yet, its remarkable, one-of-a-kind pendulum is just one element that makes this timepiece impressive. The clock keeps the time thanks to its highly accurate pinwheel escapement, which uses pins rather than teeth on its escape wheel. Similar to a deadbeat escapement, this type of escapement made this clock among the most accurate of its day. Such precise clocks are highly coveted by collectors, especially singular examples such as this remarkable timepiece.

Circa 1880

24 3/4" wide x 9 1/2" deep x 68" high
German Pinwheel Clock with Wood Pendulum
Period: 19th Century
Origin: Germany
Type: Wall Clocks
Depth: 9.5 Inches
Width: 24.75 Inches
Height: 68.0 Inches

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