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Posted On: Wednesday, November 1, 2017
It is known as a Jaegar clock, or Hunters clock because it has a pair of Bavarian guns, a fill size deer head, full size rabbit and a pheasant as well as a pair of doves and the hunter, horn and bag all exquisitely carved in Linder wood (a common tree in the Black Forest). The clock was in very poor condition, the movement was completely jammed, the bellows on top of the cuckoo whistles were broken off and the case and carvings were cracked in some places, and missing in other places altogether. We rebuilt the movement, re-leathered the bellows instead of replacing them. This was done to keep as much of the original clock as possible. The case took time to re-glue and make the missing pieces. Once completed, the entire clock was cleaned and polished. Then reassembled and tested. The thing that stood out the most was the fact that the back of the clock still had its entire history written on it! It starts with the Maker and Carver of the clock and then to whom it was presented as a wedding gift. From there it states when it came to Canada, and then through the successive generations, up to the present Owner. That’s provenance!
I went in to Mr. Bouwman's shop to look at and discuss Hamilton watches. While there he took the time to answer my questions in a way that only someone in the business, and with the years of experience could do. You’re not going to find that level of knowledge from someone behind the counter of a department store! I highly recommend him, and yes, I did end up purchasing a watch and I'm very happy with it.