Wall clock - a Vienna Regulator Dachluhr

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A Vienna Regulator – Dachluhr

This Vienna Regulator wall clock was made for some friends. It is technically known as Dachluhr.

The clock is made from sold Jarrah with Tasmanian oak stringing. The door frame is ‘Flame’ Jarrah, the side frames are ‘fiddle-back’ Jarrah. The back board, and part of the plinth are veneered with Vavona, a burl from the root system of the Sequoia tree. The back panel has a four way book match. It has 4 bevelled glass ‘lights’, and two typical ‘steady screws’ at the bottom to help fix its position on the wall. The ‘beat plaque’ below the pendulum is used to align the clock to the vertical. It hides a second screw which fixes the clock to the wall.

The movement in the clock is a Kieninger PS, with a simple hour and half hour strike on a coiled gong, possibly more in keeping with the originals thhan one with a Westminster chime!! It has automatic night silence, the last strike is at 10.00 pm; the first strike of the day is at 7.30 am. The striking is controlled by a rod which hangs down the left side of the dial.

The beveled glass and very slim design makes it look so elegant. It won the Miscellaneous class at one of our Western Australian wood shows a few years back.

Thanks for looking.

A little history .................. though some of you may have already seen most of it in my Laterndluhr project.

The original Dachluhr clocks were amongst the finest clocks ever produced, both in the delicacy of their cases and the precision of their movements. The finest were made over a short period of time between c.1800 to c.1845.

The term ‘Vienna regulator’ usually refers to a weight driven precision wall clock. There were two main early types. The Laterndluhr, or lantern clock has three sections, a large top and bottom case with a slimmer middle section – see my A Laterndluhr Vienna Regulator wall clock project. The Dachluhr, or roof top clock, typically has an architectural top and a single-section case. It was easier to make than the Laterndluhr and was therefore more affordable, and so became the more popular style. Both types have glazed doors and side panels – the Laterndluhr is often called a nine light, while the Dachluhr is a six light, or in your case a four light. All were made in relatively small numbers in or around Vienna in Austria, or in other cities of the Austrian Empire, including Budapest.

After about 1845 the classic restrained style degenerated into fussy, and over decorated cases. First came the Biedermeier style with carved pediments and pedestals, followed by the over decorated factory-made ‘imitations’ by German makers. This over decorated style continued, with more and more carving added to cases, and endless turned finials on the top and bottom. They were mass produced by German and American manufacturers’ right through to the early 1900’s.

The original Laterndluhr and Dachluhr cases were usually of pine veneered in mahogany, often with a contrasting lighter wood used for stringing the frames. Walnut and ash veneer was sometimes used, and there are some examples with ebonized fruit wood cases. Most run for 8 days, though some of the finer examples run for 6 months or even a year on one fall of the weight.

An original antique Dachluhr with similar specification to this would cost (August 2010) around A$20,000 – A$40,000!!! You can see some originals on the following web site.

Or if you want some inspiration for a modern wall look, have a look at some of the amazing clocks on the this site

-- Madburg WA

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#1 posted 03-03-2016 04:00 AM

Another wonderful clock, I never get tired of seeing you project post. You do absolutely beautiful work!

-- Paul--- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams

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#2 posted 03-03-2016 04:30 AM

Martin, this is superb, as all your work is, and deserving of a blue ribbon award, as we say in America. I have been wondering what percentage of your work is done with hand tools as compared to electric powered tools.??
Enrico Caruso

-- Enrico, Stow OHIO

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#3 posted 03-03-2016 04:59 AM

Thanks Enrico. When I retired I started making repro clocks and have thoroughly enjoyed it! I work out of the back of my garage, with some very basic cheap power tools which includes an old Ryobi table saw which I rarely use for anything other than ripping timber. I have to take it outside when every I want to us as its not wired or ducted for dust! It has just a basic 2’ 3” x 1’ 6” table. I have an old 71/2” band saw that I use for most things. A recently added a 1’ 6” wide sanding thicknesser. I also have a table mounted pillar drill which sits at the side of a recently added Kreg router table. So …... I probably do round 85% of my work with hand tools.

-- Madburg WA

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#4 posted 03-03-2016 05:10 PM

Another stunning clock. Your amazing!

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#5 posted 03-06-2016 09:40 PM

Beautifully done Martin. Do you get the beveled glass from the same supplier of the movements, or from a local glass company?

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#6 posted 03-07-2016 12:36 AM

Hi John,

Yes the long case regulator was a great clock – the whole range of simple slim cased Vienna style clocks are very elegant to my mind.

I get most of my movements from the UK – perhaps I said on one of my other projects that I use Frank at There are importers down here in Australia but its far, far cheaper to get them from the UK even with postage. Getting bevelled glass is problematic. All our main local glass places can’t do the small sizes I need as they do them on machines with clamping jigs etc that won’t accept any thing small. Its the same if they send stuff away to be done -”too small mate sorry”!!

Fortunately I found a guy who does it by hand, and will do any size and thickness, and also curves – which he’s doing at the moment for the latest small wall regulator. My English Carriage clocks 1 & 2, both have small pieces of bevelled glass and some very small 8 mm beveled glass in the top.

-- Madburg WA

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