Long-case Clocks

Musical clock with organ and automaton

    Musical clock with organ and automaton


    Circa 1860

    Wood, brass, steel, enamel; casting, carpentry, silvering, wood carving, mechanical work

    80 x 60 x 36 cm


    Clock mahogany veneered, polished wooden case on an oak latticework pedestal. The case facade of the case is designed as a picture in rectangular frame with narrow dark layouts. Monochrome image of military operations involving ancient artillery is on the background. The image of two symmetrically arranged heraldic lions, leaning with their front paws on the glazed clock dial, embedded in the picture; white dove with the outspread wings above them, is in the foreground. Enamel dial with Roman numerals hour graduation; with Arabic numerals minute graduation (every fifth minute) and two central straight hands. The automaton comprised of brass band of six musicians in uniform frock coats and caps is on the case top. Wooden frame-shaped backdrop is behind the figures. Painted landscape with the river and houses in the foreground and low mountains in the background is in the frame. Organ pipes are placed behind the backdrop. The dial, the performed tune index with the numbers from 1 to 8, the pinned barrel lock, the handle lifting poises and two handles of organ's register sliders are on the case left side.

    Wooden barrel is inserted through the ornately shaped window on the case right side. It is fixed with a hinged spring brass plunger pin. The poises chains, pendulum and the movement manual activating string are sticking out from the aperture in the case bottom part. The automaton and organ are activated every hour by the clock command - the musicians begin to move, the organ performs one of eight tunes.

    Music media: pinned wooden barrel