Junghans Mantel Clock: Initial Impressions Sight unseen

As a manufacturer today Junghans is not the same company that made mechanical clocks many years ago. In response to the demands and advancements in technology in today’s world, the company has undergone a transformation in its products. In recent years, the company has established itself as a prominent manufacturer of high-quality wristwatches.

B13 stamped on the movement plate indicates that it was made in the last half of 1913

With a rich heritage in mechanical clockmaking, the company had established itself as a prolific producer of wall, mantel, and tall case clocks. Collectors and enthusiasts highly value the company’s clocks for their superior quality, craftsmanship, and classic designs that have withstood the test of time.

While I am not specifically searching for Junghans clocks, I have two other Junghans clocks in my collection. One is a bracket clock from 1911, and the other is an older wall clock from the turn of the 20th century.

As of this writing, my most recent acquisition is not yet part of my Junghans clock collection but here is what I know so far.

Based on the pictures obtained from the recent online auction where it was purchased, this unremarkable roundtop time and strike clock from 1913 seems to be in fair condition.

The 1915 Junghans catalog identifies the clock as the Hunsruck, named after a mountain range in Germany, and provides its specifications as 28.5 cm in height with a mahogany or oak case construction, a 14-day run time, and a silvered dial.

Cambered faceted front

It is unclear from the auction photos whether the clock is made of mahogany or not, but judging from the photos its reddish tone suggests it is mahogany. Occasionally, the feet may be replaced with a different type but it is highly probable that they are the original brass ball feet.

One notable feature is the faceted glass port below the clock face, which allows the pendulum bob to be seen in motion.

The photo above shows an example of what would have been the original pendulum with a weight of 150g or 5.2 oz.

The current pendulum is a replacement for the original unit, which was likely lost or misplaced. However, it is not a suitable match as it lacks the necessary weight and aesthetic appeal of the original brass pendulum.

The clock’s movement, which rests on a movement support piece, is a timeless time-and-strike design that was a hallmark feature of numerous Junghans mantel clocks during that era. The Junghans trademark is boldly showcased on the gong block.

The pendulum bob is not correct

When the clock was won at auction the delivery was arranged and I should have it in the next few days. The price? 55CDN plus buyers’ premium, taxes, and shipping.

It is assumed that the clock is operational, but its actual condition cannot be determined until it arrives.


2 thoughts on “Junghans Mantel Clock: Initial Impressions Sight unseen

  1. Are you sure the pendulum is not the original one? Because as a matter of fact I have almost the exact same Junghans clock! Just the dial has a different font (but mine has the Junghans logo on it). Everything else seems to be the same, including the pendulum. It would be odd and very unlikely if my pendulum would have been a replacement too, and was replaced with exactly the same as yours.

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    1. I cannot see your images Aiko but you may have a point. I put another pendulum on the clock, one that I thought should be correct. While it worked well and kept the correct time, I could no longer see it displayed in the lower glass, it was not long enough. Plus the “replacement” pendulum is hooked opposite the one that came with the clock. The bottom line is that it is difficult to reason that yours and my clock could have the wrong pendulum if they are identical. I stand corrected. Very interesting.


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