A third quarter of the 19th century Black Forest carved oak trumpeter clock  Signed to the bellows,
Lot 330
A third quarter of the 19th century Black Forest carved oak trumpeter clock Signed to the bellows, Emilian Wehrle, Furtwangen
Sold for £2,040 (US$ 3,169) inc. premium

Lot Details
A third quarter of the 19th century Black Forest carved oak trumpeter clock  Signed to the bellows,
A third quarter of the 19th century Black Forest carved oak trumpeter clock
Signed to the bellows, Emilian Wehrle, Furtwangen
The wall mounted architectural case with carved volutes to the sides and carved boards with fleur de lys terminals, the 7.5 inch carved dial with applied bone Roman numerals and pierced bone hands over the double door with grapevine cresting revealing the trumpeter on the hour, the twin train weight-driven movement with beech plates, anchor escapement, oak pendulum with ornately carved bob and sounding the hours on three horns with large signed bellows 77cm (30.25in) long.

Footnotes

  • Emilian Wehrle (1832-96) trained as a clockmaker under his father and by hard work and three years of paid military service (serving another person's time) he raised funds to begin his own business. In 1866 he married Norma Wehrle and entered into business partnership with her father-in-law, a musical movement maker. In 1866 the company advertised as trumpeter clock makers and interestingly this model of trumpeter clock is illustrated in the company catalogue of the same year; item number two priced at 9/30 gulden. For a reproduction of this page see page 280, Gerd Bender's 'Die Uhrenmacher des hohen Schwarzwaldes und ihre Werke', Verlag Müller 1975. The company has survived to the modern day, now producing water meters and precision plastic parts.

    The story of the trumpeter clock begins in 1857 when Johann Baptist Kirner, court painter to The Grand Duke of Baden, suggested making one. It is likely this request was inspired by the popular poem, 'Trompeter von Säckingen' by Victor von Scheffel, published in 1854. Jakob Bäuerle was the first maker to produce a trumpeter clock using a cuckoo clock movement and in an 1858 exhibition he won a written commendation for the best so-called trumpeter clock suggesting that he was not the only maker of trumpeter clocks by this time.
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