Mauthe Mantel Clocks are common, come in all shapes and sizes and can be found on most online for-sale sites, garage sales, flea markets and antique shops. Not all of them are in great shape and many have suffered the ravages of time and neglect. This one is an excellent shape.
While this is commonly called clock a mantel or shelf clock Mauthe, in its marketing, referred to it as a “buffet clock”.
It is a 3-train Westminster chime pendulum clock with 5-rod gong block and quarter hour musical tone. It was found at an antique shop in Great Village, Nova Scotia (Canada). It has an unmarked movement (no trademark logo) and has the number 50089 on the rear bottom right of the rear plate though there is no doubt that the movement is original to the case.
The Mauthe Clock Company
Mauthe clocks have an interesting history. In 1844 Friedrich Mauthe and his wife Marie founded a company in Schwenningen, Germany to produce watch parts. At the end of the 1860’s Mauthe began to produce their own wall clocks (and movements). Some have been produced by home-work by so called “Gewerblern”, others have been produced in a more “industrial” way.
The Mauthe sons Christian (1845-1909) and James (1847-1915) took over in 1876. In 1886 Mauthe began manufacturing its own spring mechanism.
Around 1900, alarm clocks, pendulum wall clocks, grandfather clocks, office clocks and so called “Buffet Uhren” “Buffet clocks” were offered. The number of employees at that time went up to about 1,100 people. In 1904 the 3rd generation took over (Eugene Schreiber (1877-1939) – son of Christian Mauthe, Dr. Fritz Mauthe (1875-1951) – son of Jacob and Mauthe Alfred (1879-1911) – son of Jacob Mauthe.
In 1925 Mauthe announced a new trademark. It shows a right-looking eagle with outstretched wings, holding in its talons a three-part round plate with the letters F, M and S. Early in 1930 the company produced about 45.000 clocks per week (with 2000 employees). About 60% were produced for export markets, England was an important export market.
In the mid-1930’s Mauthe started to manufacture their first wrist watches, some were even supplied to the German Army (“Wehrmacht”).
From 1946 on Mauthe re-started with the production of wrist watches. The company eventually declared bankruptcy and closed in 1976.
Mauthe stopped clock production sometime in the mid 1940’s. This clock appears to have been produced around that time.
It runs a full 8 day cycle and has a very pleasant sound. The case is in generally good shape but a fresh coat of shellac would bring life to the finish. The brass/copper trim was polished and it looks very good especially on top of a Stromberg Carlson console radio of the same period.
German movements are well engineered, keep very good time and are certainly worth the cost of repair.