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Beha commissioned cuckoo clock
"The restoration of a rare commissioned early Black Forest clock wood-plate movement Beha cuckoo clock "
This is a rare commission (special order) Beha wall mount cuckoo clock. The clock has been send in to us for some minor restoration work, such as replacement hands, numbers, bellows recovering and to have its wood-plate movement cleaned and oiled.
I will be posting the restoration process along with a final video of the restored clock in action when complete, so stayed tuned in !!
Bone hands and numbers are complete as shown below and the wood-plate movement is removed and cleaned.
Note: the same bone hands and numbers can be purchased on this website.
Beautifully carved early fireman's motif depicting a leather fireman's hat and axes.
Early wood-plate movement
Numbers and hands ready to install.
Back view of movement showing bellows that are not in too bad of shape for the age.
The same movement now cleaned of all the ages of grime and dust.
Movement removed from case with a hundred years of dirt on it.
One of the bellows glue joint was just hanging on by a thread and needed to be repaired.
Movement being oiled
with fine clock oil.
Top of movement before cleaning.
Hands and numbers being aged to match the age of the clock.
"Before" photo of chapter ring .
Top of movement after cleaning.
Hands and numbers after aging.
"After" photo with new bone numbers glued in place on the chapter ring.
Hands are fitted to the movement arbors.
Clock completely restored ready for delivery to customer.
See Video above clock photo!
The restoration of this fantastic
"all original Black Forest tall case organ clock"
This is a great original example of a organ or flute clock
with 23 pipes and automation.
Figures before and after cleaning and restoration.
Movement disassembled ready for restoration.
Photo of movement that has been sitting in a basement for 20 years!
Air chamber with its 23 valves which feed the air to the flute pipes.
Movement now totally restored
23 organ pipes totaly restored and tuned
Side view of restored movement
23 valve manifold with lifters
Organ clock shield before and after restoration
Organ clock video after restoration
Organ clock solid walnut cabinet which is 7' 8" tall totally restored
The restoration of this circa 1866 wood-plate
"Wehrle five horn Trumpeter clock
This particular clock made is way back and forth from Europe to the United States several times before being restored. It also was transferred though five (5) separate owners during the last 15 years of its life never being restored unitil now!!!
Wehrle Trumpeter figure restored
Circa 1866 Five Horn Wehrle Trumpeter Movement
Back view of movement showing music wheel and valve lifting levers
Front view of restored movement
Wind-chest restored along with all valves, levers and lifting pins.
Wind-chest Bellows restored with new leather valves and paper.
Newly fabricated bellows springs
It's Alive !!!!
Completely restored being heard for the first time in over 15 years!!
Dumpling Eater manufactured by Gordian Hettich & Shone circa 1800's"Knödelfresser" (Dumpling Eater)
Dumpling eater in as found condition with many breaks and missing trim pieces.
Front bottom scroll trim fabricated and installed ready for matching stain.
Both front and side trim pieces replaced with newly carved trim.
New bone hands and numbers installed.
Dumpling Eater in action Video!
Rope drive for automa has be restrung as original was old and worn causing slippage
"The restoration of a Wehrle ten horn shelf Trumpeter clock"
Below are some photos of the progress on a Wehrle ten horn trumpeter clock owned by one of the members of the forum Roy Alleti. In the photo you can see the case in its present condition and the new top pediment that was carved by Carl Listl who is also one of the members of the Black Forest Clock Collectors Forum.
Boys at play!
Clock completely restored Wehrle Trumpeter Clock
10 Horn Wehrle Trumpeter Clock
The restoration of a rare
Gordian Hettich and Sohn
"Singing Bird Clock"
Below are some photos of the restoration progress and completion of a GHS Singing Bird Clock. The clock was located at the Eisenbach Antique Clock Fair.
GHS Catalog photo showing the rare Singing Bird clock that was offered in the late 1800's
Non working movement with the musical bird call section in its unrestored condition
Case Restoration that was performed in the Black Forest of Germany
Restoration stained to match the color and the patina of the case
Movement after being disassembled, cleaned, polished and reassembled
Movement and bird call music section completely restored and installed back into the case
Video of Singing Bird music section restored and operating
Fabrication of top spire for cupola
Video of completed singing bird in action. Note the articulation of the wings and the beak as it sings out
Case restoration is now complete
Gordian Hettich and Shohn Very Rare Singing Bird Clock Completly Restored!!
The restoration of "Stuckschild"clock with both time and alarm functions
Below are some photos of the progress on the restoration of a very small early stuckschild manufactured in the Black Forest. The clock is in very poor shape with some major damage to the drive mechanisim.
Some of the restoration has been started as you can see by the items I have already disassembled and cleaned.
You can see in this photo that the drive gear is completely shattered and needs some major work to be operational again
Lamy & Söhne Trumpeter clock windchest restoration.
Note: click on image on the bottom right side of the movement to see a video of the windchest restoration
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Restoration of Wehrle Seven Horn Trumpeter clock with Pheasant Motif.
Note: click on video on the bottom to see the restored clock playing. This particular clock plays the William Tell Overture.