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Regulator “Laterndluhr” “F. Schönberg in Wien”

Laterndluhr F. Schönberg in Wien

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Vienna, first half of the 19th century

signed
“F. Schönberg in Wien”
Clockmaker
Friedrich Schönberg
Vienna, 1835 clockmaker with trade licence and citizen, † 1853
Case
polished mahogany veneer, maple stripe inlay
Dial
made of engine-turned and fire-gilt bronze (ormolu), silver-plated dial rings
Movement
Graham escapement, Viennese grande sonnerie on wire gongs, indication of seconds, driven by three weights, second pendulum, knife-edge suspension, duration of one week
Height
57 in

Viennese regulators („Laterndluhren“) with three weights are an extremely appreciated and sought-after rarity. This particularly high-quality timepiece captivates by an extremely finely crafted movement with grande sonnerie in the elegant Viennese Laterndl case with noble mahogany veneer. The typical  shape of the case with a retracted middle section is accentuated by the linear maple inlay. This regulator was created in the first half of the 19th century by the Viennese master clockmaker Friedrich Schönberg and was thus created during the golden age of Viennese clockmaking. The outstanding regulators were unique in Europe in their precision and reduced elegance. The dial, which bears the clockmaker’s signature, is made of engine turned and fire-gilt bronze. A large silver-plated dial ring indicates the hours and minutes, a small one the seconds. The indication of seconds is coupled with a special pendulum which oscillates every second. The movement is equipped with a Graham escapement, which enables a greater precision of the timepiece by a perfect tuning of anchor and anchor wheel. One of the three weights operates the movement, one the hour strike train and one the quarter strike train. The Viennese grande sonnerie is struck on wire gongs.

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