Lenzkirch Clocks Bibliography Apa

Johann Conrad Felsing, 24 Unter den Linden, Berlin, 1827 - 1901 was the clockmaker to Kaiser Wilhelm (King Wilhelm). He was made a Knight of the (Prussian) "Kronenordens IV. Klasse." He donated (among other things) the "large 8-day-going tower clock in the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church in Berlin. This clock was made and retailed by Conrad Felsing using a Lenzkirch 2-weight movement. It is the best of the best. This clock ships from Michigan. We ship worldwide however, pickup is highly recommended if possible.

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Lenzkirch Gallery Clock #GD038

This is a Lenzkirch Gallery clock in a walnut case. It is without brass decorations but it is nicely decorated with lots of spools and finials. All of the finials are original too. It has a nice engraved dial that is showing little signs of wear from setting the hands. Click the See More button to learn more about it.

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Lenzkirch Wall Clock #GD003

Lenzkirch Wall Clock with lots of brass decorations on the case. It has the flagship heavy duty Lenzkirch 24-series movement and strikes Petite sonnerie ever 15 minutes. On the 1/4 hour it will strike Bim-Bam one time on two different tone gongs. On the half it strikes Bim-Bam twice and 3 times on the 3/4 hour. On the hour it strikes the hour count using a single gong. One tone on the hour and two tones on the quarter hours. The serial number is 1 million 369461 which dates the clock to 1904. This clock ships from Michigan. Click the See More button to learn more.

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Lenzkirch Miniature Free Swinger #GD046

WOW, look at this beauty. This is a Lenzkirch Miniature Free Swinger wall clock in Art Nouveau style. It is called a free swinger because the pendulum is exposed under the clock instead of inside the case. This is a time only model meaning it does not strike. It would even be great in the bedroom. It measures 17 inches high, 8 wide and has a 3-inch dial. It will run 8 days on a winding. These clocks are not very common and therefore are hard to find. The dial is signed by the original retailer, "Kerpy A. Budapest". This clock ships from Michigan.

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Lenzkirch Digital Free Swinger #GD047

It does not get rarer than this Lenzkirch Digital Free Swinger. It is called a free swinger because the pendulum is exposed under the clock instead of inside the case. It does not have a normal dial or hands. Instead the digital numbers change. The number on the left is the hour, the number on the right is the minute. In this picture the clock is showing 1 minute after 1 o'clock.

This in only the third one of these I have ever seen and the only one ever offered for sale. This clock ships from Michigan.

$6,950 Plus PH&S

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Lenzkirch Table Clock with Moon Dial #GD048

Really nice Lenzkirch half hour strike table clock with a moon dial. This is a very rare Lenzkirch as it is the only model with a moon dial above the dial that we have ever seen. Beautiful burl walnut case with brass decorations. This clock ships from Michigan.

$3,500 Plus PH&S

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Lenzkirch Ship Table Clock #GD049

Really nice porcelain Lenzkirch half hour strike table clock. Case is porcelain and brass and sets in a majolica sea.

This clock ships from Michigan.

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Lenzkirch Model 142 Table Clock #GE003

Lenzkirch model 142 table or mantel clock with porcelain dial and bronze decorations on the case. The 8 day movement is time only. It has just been cleaned and oiled and it runs great and keeps perfect time. It is all original including the pendulum and original key. The pictures do not do it justice. Looks like birds-eye maple veneer on the front.

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Lenzkirch clocks are without a doubt the most highly collectable of all antique clocks made in the Black Forest region of Germany during the 1800s. Their quality and beauty set them apart from all others. The craftsmanship and highly decorated cases quickly established Lenzkirch clocks as the best of the best. Founded in 1851 as a stockholder corporation, the Lenzkirch clock factory was the first of its kind in the Black Forest. Prior to that clock making was mainly a cottage industry. Aktiengessellschaft fur Uhrenfabrication Lenzkirch (Stockholder Company for Clock Manufacturing in Lenzkirch) was the brainchild of Edward Hauser. He was born August 21, 1825 the son of a teacher.

Edward Hauser

Eduard Hauser was born August 21, 1825, died July 22, 1900. Born the son of a teacher, he apprenticed as a music box maker at about the age of 15 under Johann George Schoepperle. After completing his apprenticeship, Eduard left the small village of Lenzkirch and traveled extensively in France, Switzerland and England where he studied clock making at the major manufacturing facilities. During this time he developed the plan to bring precision manufacturing techniques back to the Black Forest. On his return to Lenzkirch, Eduard worked out his plan to introduce the precision assembly line methods he had learned. Up to this time, Black Forest clocks were not known for their quality or precision.

Eduard believed that through precision machinery techniques he could manufacture parts that could then be assembled into a functioning clock. By using the precision parts, Eduard hoped to make Black Forest clocks that would be competitive with the French, English and Swiss.

About 1848 Eduard Hauser partnered with Ignaz Schoepperle and opened a modest machine shop. At first they made parts for other clockmakers. Eduard used this time to convince others of his vision and to raise the necessary capital required to purchase the required machinery. This technique of manufacturing would be much more efficient and profitable than the traditional handmade method of making clocks.

Working upstairs in the musical organ factory, Eduard lead his small group of employees using hand powered flywheel lathes and gear cutting engines. In the beginning progress was very slow. The newly formed company lacked the marketing connections to promote their products. Buying the necessary tools and equipment took most of their money. To take the business to the next level, a stockholder corporation would be necessary. On August 31, 1851, Eduard Hauser and Ignaz Schoepperle joined forces with 5 other men, Franz Josef Faller, Paul Tritscheller, Johann Nikolaus Tritscheller, Joseph Wiest and Nickolas Rogy. Together they formed Aktien-gesesellschaft fur Uhrenfabrication, Lenzkirch (Stock Holder Corporation for Clock Manufacturing, Lenzkirch).

For the first few years the Lenzkirch clock factory imported movements and parts from France. Eduard wanted to reduce their dependency of French goods and soon begain making their own. The first movements made in Lenzkirch were exact carbon copies of the French movements they had been importing. It is impossible to know exactly when the transistion occured. From other readings I have done I believed this occured around 1860 but I have no proof to back it up.

In the early days after the factory began producing complete running movements, they bought the finest clock cases from the Heer Brothers in Voehrenbach to put their movements into. Many were in the Oeil de boef or eye of the ox style. After all, French clocks had dominated the quality market for a long time. Could this be where the rumor began that Lenzkirch made movements that were incased by other clockmakers? If so it only applies to the extremely earliest movements made.

When Lenzkirch introduced the German regulator style clock fashioned after the Viennese Regulator, they quickly gained a reputation for making out-standing quality and highly reliable timepieces. Under Eduard's leadership the factory grew into a large modern manufacturing empire. Workers no longer had to use hand-powered machines to make the parts. Steam engines now powered all of the machines in the factory. The Lenzkirch clock factory also had their own sawmill, foundry, tool and die makers and even did their own gold and silver plating.

In order to be successful they still had to get their clocks to market. The old traditional method of clock peddlers transporting the clocks around the country hoping to find a buyer was inefficient. The Lenzkirch factory come up with an idea and produced their first clock catalog in 1855. The first catalog was little more than outline drawing of the clocks they had for offer. After receiving the order, the clock was made to the customer's specifications and shipped to them. The clock catalog was the brainchild of Franz Josef Faller.

Eduard's eldest son would join his father's business. He was a skilled architect and artistically talented. The esthetic beauty of Lenzkirch clock cases for nearly 30 years can be directly attributed to his contributions. This is one of the main reasons Lenzkirch clocks are so popular and collectable today. Eduard's youngest son Paul also followed in his father footsteps and became a tool and die maker at the factory.

In the years to come, the Lenzkirch factory would win many medals for their clocks. The medals were:

    An original Lenzkirch factory business card from around 1910 with the medals on it.

    For the complete history on Lenzkirch clocks you should read my book.

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