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Reitgerte mit eingebauter Uhr Patent L. Holuska Wien

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Vienna, last quarter of the 19th century

"Patent L. Holuska Wien" (in the movement)
L. Holuska,
Vienna,1882-84 listed in Bibergasse 1 and 1886-92 in Quellengasse 65 (Rottmayrgasse)
leather handle, braided sisal, silver-knob and silver mount (Viennese "dog's head" hall mark, 800 fine silver) master's mark "OD" Oscar Dietrich, Vienna, 1853-1940
cylinder escapement
40½ in

The Viennese clock maker L. Holuska developed movements with remontoir for walking canes, umbrellas, whips, wallets, etc. for which he also took out patents. The movements are fitted in protective metal barrels and have shock protections on their upper sides. The clock is wound by turning the knob.

Oscar Dietrich (1853-1940) was one of the most important Viennese gold and silver smiths of the turn of the century. In 1881 he assumed his father’s business and bought a „knob and embossing shop“ in the Burggasse, Vienna in 1887. Since this time knobs and handles for walking canes, umbrellas, whips and crops were included in the assortment. Dietrich closely collaborated with Wiener Werkstätte and Vienna Arts College, especially with the designers Dagobert Peche and Emanuel Margold.

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