There is an equally impressive metal carriage handle on the very top to allow for easy portage. The front wooden door is hinged and secured with a magnetic latch that opens easily to allow access to the winding arbors and for setting the correct time. There is a glass crystal inset into the door; no cracks or chips that I can see. This clock has so many features that it's difficult to know where to begin. There are fancy appliques in each corner on the dial.
The round dial has a brushed silvertone metal chapter ring, has a gorgeous brocade center, and features large, easy to read, black Roman numerals to mark the hours and fancy metal hands to point out the time. There is a fitted wooden door in the very back that is built only for this clock. It removes easily to allow access to the key wind, mechanical balance wheel movement bearing the Hamilton name. A balance wheel movement simply means that the clock does not have to be level to work properly. The clock winds in front on three winding arbors and lasts for about eight days on a single wind.
This clock plays music too! There is a lever on the dial that allows you to choose "chimes" or "silent" in case you wish to disable the chiming activity at night or whenever you wish. The clock plays a beautiful four-note melody at the quarter hour mark on five golden metal chime bars inside the case; eight notes at the half hour mark, twelve at the 3/4 hour mark, and the full sixteen note melody at the top of each hour.The clock will then chime the current number of hours at the top of each hour, just like Big Ben in London! You have to hear this to believe it! The clock comes complete as shown with the metal winding key tucked away in its custom space in a convenient holder under the case. This is a magnificent clock to be sure and equally so in size measuring about 15 1/2" high, about about 6 1/2" deep, and about 11 1/2 wide. The clock works quite well here, keeps good time, and the chimes are absolutely heavenly though keep in mind, this is an old clock and we don't know the service history. I did notice that the clock looks to have had very little use and there are signs of maintenance on the movement. Nonetheless, some adjustments or service may be necessary once the clock arrives at its new home. We always advise our clock customers to service their antique or vintage clocks at least once every three years. Doing so will keep a classic timepiece like this one, healthy for years to come. I've looked the clock over fairly well and can't find more than a nick or tiny scratch here and there; no damage or repairs that I can see.
It is a very impressive clock and would be a hallmark in any collection. It is certain to capture the attention of anyone seeing or hearing it in your home, office, or wherever it is that you care to showcase a wonderful, rare German timepiece with incredible chimes and a fabulous legacy behind it. If you like this item and I'm sure you do, then I know you'll love the other items.
Check back frequently since we're listing a lot of antique/vintage items as time allows! We'd be glad to send more pictures if available; just ask! My wife and I have been accumulating lots of nice antiques and other collectors items over the years. But now is a good time to start clearing out the things we no longer wish to keep.We do all that we can to accurately describe each item to the best of our ability. Day following the close of sale. Be sure to add commits to your favorites list. The item "BREATHTAKING GERMAN HAMILTON 8 DAY WESTMINSTER CHIME WOOD CARRIAGE MANTEL CLOCK" is in sale since Saturday, February 25, 2017. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Clocks\Vintage (1930-69)\Shelf, Mantel".
The seller is "commits" and is located in Yucaipa, California. This item can be shipped worldwide.