Friday, May 2, 2008

Saturday Photo Hunt ---- Time




TIME



The thing that immediately sprang to mind for this week's theme was a find of the "old scientist" for $10 at an estate sale. For some reason this old TIME piece appealed to him and he carried it home, cleaned and polished it very carefully, although the brass is beyond redemption in some parts, and popped in a new battery. It now resides in our bedroom, along with two clock radios, the clock on the VCR, the one on the TV digital box and the clock on the programmable thermostat. Yes another clock in the bedroom. Just what we needed, not. Just as well we don't have to rely on it, for sometimes it goes and sometimes not. It stops and starts according to some schedule known only to itself. Plus when it does run, it gains ten minutes a day despite altering the little bell adjustment.

Kundo Mantel Clock under Glass Dome



All the clockworks are completely visible so here's a closer look
without the dome to detract



Just in case anyone is remotely interested, details from this clock museum site:

Case: Brass base and Glass dome.
Size: 8.5 inches high

Movement: Kundo transistorised battery electric type.

Notes: Very collectable. I think it dates from the period around 1960, the earliest transistor switched clock having been made in 1957. Kundo is a trade name used by and derived from the makers full name "Keininger und Obergfell" in Western germany.

The curved bar on the pendulum is a hollow rod containing a magnet at its right hand end. As the magnet swings in and out of the coil assembly, the current induced in the trigger coil switches on a transistor and delivers impulse through a second coil.


HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND EVERYONE


48 comments:

Napaboaniya said...

Masterpiece :)

Carver said...

That was a great find and I can understand why your husband would grab that up at the estate sale and clean it up, whether or not it keeps very good time. As you said, you have lots of other clocks that do keep time. Good take on the theme and hope you have a pleasant weekend.

Panaderos said...

What a very beautiful clock! Great thing that it was retrieved before it got junked. Plus it came from West Germany, a country that has since reunited with the East and thus no longer exists as its own nation. It helps make this a great collector's item.

Very nice shot. :)

Sarge Charlie said...

wow, nice clock. Life is for fun.

mama meji said...

It's a beautiful art piece. Love the details too.

ideru said...

its beautiful...

Janice Thomson said...

Excellent for the theme JMB. I love old clocks and this one was indeed a great find.

littlepolaris said...

that is beautiful. definitely worth as collection. =)

Picturing of Life said...

beautiful clock that i've ever seen

Will you visit mine Thanks

juliana rw said...

gorgeous clock :D

Visit mine also Thanks

genny said...

Oh thats nice clock i like it...Good choice. Happy hunting!

eastcoastlife said...

What a unique clock! I love such precision pieces.

Mari said...

this is a collector's item.

julie said...

That is a nice one with an interesting history.

Have a great weekend, JMB :)

Huey said...

Wow that's a great piece. Classy, elegant... I like it!

TiOheM said...

That's a nice see-through clock. I'd like to have one.

Have a nice weekend.

Mar said...

Beautiful piece and great contribution to the theme, jmb!! love this clock and thanks for the information. It's always great to learn something new :)

Happy PH and happy weekend, mine is posted here.

YTSL said...

Very nice piece. Even if it can't tell TIME accurately, it is beautiful to look at... :)

jams o donnell said...

That's a very attractive clock, jmb. Just as well it can trade on it's looks rather than its timekeeping! Have a great weekend

Colin Campbell said...

Who needs a clock to keep time? :)

Sue said...

Beautiful shot, and a great choice for the theme. Have a wonderful weekend, and thanks so much for stopping by! :)

Nunyaa said...

What a beautiful clock. Don't see many like that these days, not of the quality anyway.

Sandy said...

What a find...how beautiful.

Sabine said...

Beautiful time piece, and great pics of it! We'd probably keep it in our home even if it wasn't working at all (the non-functioning clocks in our house are outnumbering the working ones!!)

Expat Traveler said...

oh wow - very interesting! I'm always fascinated by clocks anywhere and everywhere.. :)

the teach said...

My parents owned a clock like this. It is very beautiful! It did indeed keep the time the way it wanted to. You could never rely on it. I don't think it was valuable like the clock you're showing. :D

Ellen said...

I found one similar at a barn sale ($5) and it polished up beautifully - but it a much older one and runs on "wind up power" - thankfully my dad has a couple of other clocks that use keys so he already had one when I gave him the one I found for Father's Day!


mine is up...but a little more morose.

JesieBlogJourney said...

Wow! A pretty piece of collectible item which still tells the time though not 100% accurate. It must be worth a lot more now. LOL, I went to estate auctions a few times but I didn't know what to buy.

JC said...

What a fantastic find! Good eye, it's a beauty!

imac said...

Tis TIME to enjoy your TIME piece, for its a very interesting PH Post.

come and visit the time in paris.

pat said...

What a beautiful piece. Funny about all of the time pieces in your bedroom alone. I think we have 2 in our whole apartment. :-)

Happy Weekend.

Heart of Rachel said...

I think it's a beautiful clock. I like the glass dome and that special bell.

-TNChick- said...

Wow, those are super awesome clocks. The dome clock is nice - reminds me of one my Great-grandma had... I really like the second one, tho.

Jenty said...

What a lovely find!!

byrningbunny said...

Aren't you lucky to have a mad scientist? lol I love all the old things like this. We passed on the opportunity just yesterday for an old typewriter (really, really old!) and an old school desk. No place to put them!

Cats~Goats~Quotes said...

A clock with a mind of it's own, and a pretty one, too!

Dr Michelle Tempest said...

Very clear photos!
I hope that your having a lovely Time over the weekend.
Michelle

crazy working mom said...

It is beautiful. I love it! Looks like a great buy. Wonderful choice for this week's theme. I took a bit of a different approach here.

mousey said...

that's a nice memorabilia!

Blur Mommy said...

That's a cool clock.

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

That is a very classy clok.

Patricia said...

What a beautiful clock!

Semaj Mahgih said...

Time, time, my kingdom for just a small slice of extra time.

Tokenhippygirl said...

Really beautiful clock!

Donnetta Lee said...

Hi, jmb: What a coincidence. I was thinking about writing a post about time. Then, I run over here and see you've been on my wavelink. I have a pretty grandfather clock in my living room. It has a lovely chime, but I turn it off at night as it distracts me from sleeping!
Donnetta

Phil A said...

Thank you. You brought to mind of an old friend of mine, now sadly gone. He was a clockmaker, a freeman of the city of London, an inveterate pipe smoker, good conversationalist…

Vijay said...

You've been tagged.

CherryPie said...

Love that clock :-)