FINE DANISH BORNHOLM LONG CASE CLOCK by Mogens Peter Hartvig 1785 - 1837

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Seller: rockerwriter (2,111) 100%, Location: Cheltenham, Ships to: Free Local Pickup, Item: 153932166056 From the tiny island of Bornholm, the land of the painted long case clock, comes this plain, polished, pitch pine beauty. It’s in perfect working order, runs for 8 days, strikes the hours on a bright bell and comes complete with pendulum, weights and winding key. It has a pull repeat feature whereby you can hear the hour last struck, or the next hour to strike. There is a small blemish on the dial. The movement, with typically heavy brass plates, has been lightly cleaned and sparingly oiled with the correct clock oil, and fitted with new cords. And I can’t tell you how many times I’ve beeswaxed the case. (I keep a soft cloth next to it and I give it a loving going over every time I walk past it).To come across a Bornholm that’s never been painted is not exactly rare but it’s joyously unusual. The grain of the pitch pine shows more strongly the more you polish it.The glass in the hood door shows all the ripples, dimples and bubbles of an original piece. The hands are matching brass. And in common with most Bornholm clocks, the trunk door shuts with a spring loaded bolt, not a lock. Even though there is no name on the dial, I know this clock was made by Mogens Peter Hartvig - born in Nyker on the island of Bornholm in 1785 - because his initials are scratched on the reverse (see pic).According to my book on Bornholm clocks, this was a common practise of the makers (see pic). This book cost me more than some of the clocks I own so I’m inclined to believe whatever it says. Assuming Herr Hartvig started making clocks at age 20 and worked right up to his death in 1837, this clock dates somewhere between 1806 and 1837, making it at least 180 years old, and at best, over 200 years old. The height is a civilised 194 cm, Width across the base is 53 cm and it stands 23 cm off the wall. This clock is for collection only. Or I can deliver within a 50 mile radius of leafy Cheltenham free of charge, when lockdown is sufficiently eased. OR I will happily work with your own courier. Payment by bank transfer of cash on collection / delivery. Age: Antique, Pre-1900, Material: Pine, Clock Type: Longcase/ Grandfather Clock, Style/ Origin/ Theme: Baroque, Type: Longcase/ Grandfather Clock, Features: 8-Day

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