A Brettluhr is a “Little Board Clock.” It was a clock that mostly existed in Vienna in the first half of the Nineteenth Century. It appeared in many styles and configurations, but Brettluhren commonly consisted of a board with a movement mounted to it. Usually the board didn’t have any sides or door which encased the movement. It has a beautiful skeleton mechanism that shows off the beauty of the gears. It is a single-train movement with a drop-off bell strike. In other words, it strikes the sonorous bell once as the minute hand passes the hour.
The clock is powered by the pull of gravity on the weight. By the end of the week, the weight will have slowly fallen to the ground – requiring your interaction with the clock to pull the weight back up again. The wooden board comes from Amish craftsmen. It is hand cut and hand finished. The solid-walnut board has a beautiful and rich grain. Each one is slightly different, as a different part of the tree is used.
The Brettluhr is available in two versions: with, or without the laser engraving. The engraved version has a beautiful floral or Arabesque design, inspired by European lace patterns. It would be a beautiful addition to any home. The swinging pendulum, falling weight, and ringing bell add life and dimension to a room. Hanging this piece on your wall will provide a delightful presence and interactive charm.
In 1640 the “Waaguhr” was the first mechanical clock that was affordable by the new middle class in Europe. Its simple design allowed for only one hand indicating the hours. The average person of the Seventeenth Century measured time with only three times of day:sunrise, high noon, and sunset.
This mechanism is a more modern and accurate version of the style of clock which was available in 1640. It includes a pendulum escapement (developed in 1659 by Christiaan Huygens) and a solid brass mechanism. There are two hands (one for hours and one for minutes) and it runs eight days on a single winding. This piece also includes a minute hand, which was developed in a clock in 1577 by Jost Burgi (who is also a contender for the invention of logarithms) made for astronomer Tycho Brahe.
The Brettluhr Castle Clock is from Sternreiter and is assembled in the U.S.A.