Extremely rare and unusual shelf clock likely made in the late 1800s by the German clock maker Winterhalder Hoffmeir known for their high quality workmanship. The heavy brass unsigned 8-day movement incorporates what undoubtedly is one of the earliest double fusee time and strike drive trains which also provide quarter-hour Westminster chimes.
The obvious complexity comes from the double duty of the strike train delivering quarter-hour chimes and the hour count strike. However, since both use the same chime cylinder, the Westminster progressing sequence is both silent on the hour and non-adjusting.
Look closely at the photos. The history of the fusee (the French word meaning'cone') is interesting. It dates to 1490 when Leonardo da Vinci introduced the basic design for an improved clock escapement.However the actual application of the fusee movement dates to the 17th and 18th century when they were primarily used in watches. After many changes and improvements they began appearing in shelf clocks in the late 18th century. The benefit of the fusee power train is in the compensation for the uneven power delivered over time by a spring. By providing even power they achieved the accuracy and consistency of weight-driven movements while allowing use in the compact case of a shelf clock. This clock has had the 2 twisted brass fusee cables replaced and the movement cleaned and oiled.
It works perfectly as designed. The case has been refurbished.
The bezel needs a catch if desired. There is a chime advance control on the lower right side front.Something is hand written on the back of the dial but can not be understood. The key is thought to be original. This handsome timepiece measures approximately 14" tall x 10" wide x 7 deep. The item "Rare Late 1800s German Double Fusee Shelf Clock with Westminster Chime" is in sale since Friday, October 21, 2016. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Clocks\Antique (Pre-1930)\Shelf, Mantel". The seller is "dhbrand" and is located in New London, New Hampshire. This item can be shipped to United States.