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Austrian Signed Bracket Clock, circa 1770


Austrian ebonized table clock ( Bracket Clock), backside engraved brass movement, spring mechanism, spindle escapement, duration 1 day, half hour strike on the bell, engraved shield arch brass dial, four-sided glazed two-door wooden case, bronze feet, flame attachment, transport bracket, key and another cogwheel, c. 1770, ca. 40 x 14 x 26,5cm Signed in the shield arch with "Joh. Mich. Edlinger (Johann Michael Edlinger), wohnhaft in Wollzeil No: 800, Wien" ( Johann Michael Edlinger, lives at Wollzeil No: 800, Vienna). Edlinger was court clocker maker. No guarantee for functionality and completeness - however, we note that after winding the clock works with pendulum and bell chimes. We recommend a general overhaul of the watch. It shows the usual signs of wear, the rope pull for the bell release on the side should be newer models. The flame attachments are somewhat loose, as is the rear right leg. Here a few small nails seem to be missing. The two upper corner ornaments have different glasses (left is a bit milky, right is clear). The lock is bent and has left traces inside the case over time. We were able to return the latch to its original state and the latch now jumps sideways into the opening provided for it. A gear wheel has been replaced - the old one is in the case and you can see that a tooth has broken off here. It comes from the family property of the descendants of the Danish Count Adam Gottlob von Moltke (1710 - 1792). Adam Gottlob, Greve (count) Moltke, (born Nov. 10/11, 1710, Walkendorf, Mecklenburg [Germany]—died Sept. 25, 1792, Bregentved, Den.), high court official who exerted a powerful influence over King Frederick V of Denmark and Norway. Brought to Denmark by his family as a child, Moltke was a page to the future king Christian VI in 1722. In 1730 he became chamberlain to the future king Frederick V. Frederick secured for Moltke the post of court marshal in 1743, and Moltke remained in that post after Frederick V was crowned in 1746. In 1747 Frederick made Moltke a privy councillor, giving him the estate of Bregentved. In 1750 Moltke was made a count. Moltke was the most influential of Frederick V’s advisers. He strongly opposed the liberation of the peasantry. Frederick V died in his arms in 1766, and Moltke was then dismissed from his major posts by the new king, Christian VII. Moltke was recalled the following year to deal with agrarian reforms but was dismissed again in 1770, retiring then to his estate. (sourc. Britannica)


  • Creator
    Johann Michael Edlinger (Manufacturer)
  • Of the Period
  • Place of Origin
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1870
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions
    H 15.75 in. x W 10.63 in. x D 5.52 in.H 40 cm x W 27 cm x D 14 cm
  • Seller Location
    Unteriberg, CH
  • Seller Reference Number
    Barocke Stockuhr
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