Viennese Astro Regulator - 30 Day
30 Day Viennese Astro Regulator by Benno Lukaschofsky. Ca. 1870. The superb rosewood case wit original finish is 74" tall, 19 1/2" wide and 9 1/2" deep. All carvings on the clock are original including the crest and bottom piece. Note the superb brass and mother of pearl inlay on the backboard. All 5 glasses are old and wavy. The 10 1/2" engraved and slivered dial is marked Benno Lukaschofsky - Wien XVIII. As evidenced by the late Biedermeier style of the case and the later style of the dial, the case is earlier than the movement. Also, the original movement was mounted on wood corbels. The astro movement was installed by Lukaschofsky on heavy brass rails mounted to a large brass backing plate which is very securely screwed to the backboard of the clock. This added extra stability to the backboard providing an extremely solid mounting for the movement. Four huge locking threaded case levelers were installed inside the case. One of these is visible in the photo that shows the pendulum. The extremely heavy pendulum bob is brass over lead. Note the neat little fine regulation cup on the pendulum below the dial. It's very unusual to find an Astro regulator in such an exquisitely decorative case. The clock is a very fine timekeeper. See Vic Kochaver's "Beautiful Vienna Regulators of the 19th Century" pages 140 - 141 for reference.