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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!
My wife and I brought in a couple of old clocks and a couple of old pocket watches that had not worked in a long time. Not knowing what to expect, John was right on with his pleasantness and with his honesty about the clocks and watches. He explained the problems right away to us on both the clocks and watches and advised that it would be too costly to repair any of them, as they were not really worth it to spend the kind of money that it would take to get the old Gilbert clock, (especially), going again, as the parts were not going to be available to get it back to new condition. Before we left, I asked if he could adjust the watch band on a new watch that I had purchased recently, he did this without hesitation and free of charge. I would not hesitate to come back and have John repair any of our other clocks or watches.