Click on individual pictures for more detail. Restoration of this movement was completed in May 2006; click for details.
Based strictly on a manufacturing level, this is one of the more 'over-engineered'
clocks I've seen. The Vulliamy style bushings have very long journals. The fit and gauge
of the wheel works are robust. Frame includes cabriole legs, a style favored by several
manufacturers in the United States, but quite uncommon in Europe.
The normal mode of operation was for the clock to be periodically wound by an electric
motor. However the design allows for manual winding at any time. Built in the 1950's this
clock represents the end of the era of mechanical tower clock movements. In fact at the
time of it's manufacture it was already obsolete. Movements that were strictly
electrically wound, or more commonly, dials that were purely electrically controlled via
servo motors were already becoming common. Within a decade the use of a mechanical
movement to power tower clock dials would be extinct. It's amazing that at the end of the
mechanical era this company chose to produce such a complex and surely expensive 'tour
de force' of mechanical engineering. This is an incredibly complex clock with 579
individual parts - 50% more than that of a normal three train tower clock. A similar
sized, manually wound, three train version can be seen here.
The Korfhage machine tool company is still in business today but does not manufacture