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Hexagonal Table Clock „Kriedel“

Hexagonale Tischuhr J. G. Kriedel

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Bautzen (Budissin), Saxony, first half of the 18th century

signed
"J. G. Kriedel Budissin" (on the plate)
Clockmaker
Johann Gottfried Kriedel(l),
*1702, mentd. 1735 Bautzen, mentd. 1754 Cottbus, †1757
Case
engraved and fire-gilt bronze (ormolu), silver-plated bronze mounts, six glazed windows
Dial
silver-plated
Movement
verge escaoement with fusee, hour strike on bell, alarm on bell
Measurements
3×4¼×3¾ in

This early table clock bears the signature of German clockmaker Johann Gottfried Kriedel(l), who was mentioned in the Saxon city of Bautzen (earlier Budissin) in 1735. The signature is completed by the location “Budissin” – therefore the clock must have been made before 1754, because at that time Kriedell was already working in Cottbus. The hexagonal engraved ormolu casing with silver-plated bun feet has glazed windows which allow a glance at the movement. The silver-plated dial on the upper side of the casing has Roman chapters for the hours and Arabian chapters for the minutes. The movement with verge escapement and fusee is equipped with an hour strike on bell.

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