"Grossherzoglich Badische Uhrmacherschule Furtwangen", 57 mm, 150 g, circa 1870
A rare, heavy graduate's piece - made at the Grand Duke of Baden’s Clockmaker’s School in Furtwangen Case: 18k gold, polished, engraved monogram "HB", gold dome, case maker's punch mark "TRP". Dial: enamel, radial Roman hours, auxiliary seconds, blued spade hands. Movm.: 4/5 plate movement, frosted, gilt, signed, screw compensation balance, very finely engraved balance cock, counterpoised lever.
Grand Duke of Baden’s Clockmaker’s School in Furtwangen In the year 1850 the government of the Grand Duchy of Baden decided to develop the so-called "poorhouse" of the High Black Forest and authorized the Engineer Robert Gerwig to establish the Grand Duke of Baden’s Clockmaker’s School in Furtwangen. To this day the school continues to train watch- and clockmakers. In 1852 Robert Gerwig also started a clock and watch collection for teaching purposes. The collection, which was open to the public, was the foundation for the success of the "Deutsches Uhrenmuseum" (German watch and clock museum), which today is one of the most important German collections of timekeepers. Albert Metzger became supervisor of the newly established class for pocket watch makers at the school. He introduced a pocket watch with a three-quarter plate (a Glashütte calibre), that used Glashütte as well as Swiss lever escapements. Glashütte casemaker Karl Richter produced cases for some of the school watches in Furtwangen; Paul Glaeser in Glashütte supplied the school with wheels, pinions, hands and other parts. The school became nationally and internationally renowned for its reputation of excellence when mechanical engineer Heinrich Baumann took over its leadership in 1900 and held the position until 1922. Professor Bauman was an excellent technician who gained widespread international reputation for his horological research activities. Source: http://watch-wiki.org/index.php?title=Uhrmacherschule_Furtwangen, as of 08/31/2015
Estimate 7,000 - 9,000 €
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