Project Description

East-Netherlandish stoel clock

There are only five examples of this type of stoel clock with a longer backboard known, none of them signed. The movements are similar, all having anchor escapement. Apart from the longer backboard, the base on the bracket and the way the dial has been constructed with riveted lead mermaid-shaped ornaments to the sides are common features.

The time is indicated by a fine pair of cast brass hand, the hour hand having holes in which a pin can be placed at the desired alarm time. The minute hand is characteristic of stoel clocks made in this part of the Netherlands: it has an arch to allow it to pass the alarm pin.

The weight-driven bird-cage movement is constructed between steel plates connected by four square steel pillars with brass bases. The going train has anchor escapement with a long pendulum. It is driven via a heavy (perhaps original) endless chain. The striking is regulated by a count wheel and indicates the hours fully and the half hour with one stroke on a bell, mounted on top of the movement. The weight-driven alarm makes use of the same bell.

The restoration involved three disciplines, the painting restorer, who did a marvellous job as can be seen in the pictures; the furniture restorer, who gave the stoel its strength back and ourselves, who carried out a thorough restoration of the movement.