Viennese Regulators


Viennese regulators (“Laterndluhrs", "Dachluhrs“), made in the first half of the 19th century in the former regions of the Austrian-Hungarian monarchy, have a high significance in museums and collections and achieve top prices at auctions and in the art-trade. Depending on the design of the case, the movement of the clock and the indication and the precision of the movement, but above all the duration up to one year are those, which are the most highly prized. Recently the examples made by Fertbauer, Happacher, Wibral, Glückstein, Brändl, Binder and Mahrenzeller are those which have commanded the highest prices and attention at international auction houses, and this is possibly because regulators from this period have the most elegant proportions and the best technical construction.
The movements of Laterndl and Dachl clocks are constructed to such a high quality and so accurately, that the movement often differs in precision by only a maximum +/-1minute per year. The cogwheels, hands and all details were manufactured by hand to the finest quality and by the best masters of their guild.

“DACHLUHR“ - Vienna, circa 1840 - Signed: „Joseph Elsner“ “DACHLUHR“ - Vienna, circa 1840 - Signed: „Joseph Elsner“

“DACHLUHR“ - Vienna, circa 1840
Signed: „Joseph Elsner“
Length: 35,43'' (90 cm)
Joseph Elsner: civil master 1838, † 1856.
Case nutwood veneered, enamel dial, gilded bezel, “Astronom’scher Gang”, suspension after Elsner, one weight, duration of one week.
Compare: F.H. van Weijdom Claterbos: Viennese Clockmakers and what they left us, Interbook International B.V., Schiedam 1979, pictured on the cover.