As those of you who are familiar with horological history, the German “box clock” effectively spelled the end of the so called Vienna regulator period because it was cheaper to produce, less ostentatious and appealed to the business middle class consumer of that period which in the case of this clock, the 1930s.
My U M Muller clock (or Uhrenfabrik Mühlheim Müller & Co) is an interesting clock featuring wood carved inlays and beveled glass framed in brass (I think).
The oak case is impressive and it evident that some thought went into the manufacture of this particular clock. Ours shows no obvious scratches or blemishes on the case but there is a poor attempt to polish out the clock face resulting in an area between the 6 and 7 that is worn through to the metal beneath. It is not something I will repair as it adds to the character of the clock.
The movement is typical for that period though not as accurate as the weight driven regulators it replaced. Spring drives tend to lose time (effectively losing power) through their cycle as the spring unloads or “unwinds”. However, this one seems to stay fairly “regular” through it’s weekly cycle and runs the full eight days.
It strikes on the hour and half hour on a coiled bong, a very pleasing sound.
A good cleaning and waxing enhanced the look of this clock and I can imagine what it might have looked like when it was new some 80+ years ago.
I do not know much about the company but I do know that Muller clocks can be dated by the lion logo on the clock face. If the lion’s tail is up it is pre 1930. Mine was made in the 1930s, exact year unknown. In Schmid’s Lexikon, it states that the original founders of this company in Mühlheim started in 1867. It was acquired by R. Schnekenburger around 1880, then by Gebrüder Müller around 1896 when it became Uhrenfabrik Mühlheim vormals R. Schnekenburger. In 1900 it assumed the name Uhrenfabrik Mühlheim, Müller & Co.