RS Mauthe mantle clock (30)
Mauthe mantel clock
RS Mauthe mantle clock (29)
Back of the clock showing the 3-train movement
RS Mauthe mantle clock (28)
Mauthe clock on top of a Stromberg Carlson console radio
RS Mauthe mantle clock (11)
Clock face in excellent condition

This is a Mauthe Mantel Clock or perhaps a “buffet clock” as it was known. It is otherwise known as a mantel or shelf clock. It is a 3-train Westminster chime 5-rod pendulum clock. I found this clock at an antique shop in Great Village, Nova Scotia. I can never tell if these shops are antique or simply “other peoples junk” shops. Nevertheless it was an excellent price for a Mauthe clock. It is an unmarked movement (no trademark logo) and has the number 50089 on the rear bottom right of the movement.

Mauthe clcoks have an interesting history. In 1844 Friedrich Mauthe and his wife Marie founded a company in Schwenningen, Germany to produce watch parts. At the end of the 1860’s Mauthe began to produce their own wall clocks (and movements). Some have been produced by home-work by so called “Gewerblern”, others have been produced in a more “industrial” way.

The Mauthe sons Christian (1845-1909) and James (1847-1915) took over in 1876. In 1886 Mauthe began manufacturing its own spring mechanism.

Around 1900, alarm clocks, pendulum wall clocks, grandfather clocks, office clocks and so called “Buffet Uhren” “Buffet clocks” were offered. The number of employees at that time went up to about 1,100 people. In 1904 the 3rd generation took over (Eugene Schreiber (1877-1939) – son of Christian Mauthe, Dr. Fritz Mauthe (1875-1951) – son of Jacob and Mauthe Alfred (1879-1911) – son of Jacob Mauthe.

In 1925 Mauthe announced a new trademark. It shows a right-looking eagle with outstretched wings, holding in its talons a three-part round plate with the letters F, M and S.  Again, mine is unmarked. Early in 1930 the company produced about 45.000 clocks per week (with 2000 employees). About 60% were produced for export markets, England for example was one of those export markets.

In the mid-1930’s Mauthe started to manufacture their first wrist watches, some were even supplied to the German Army (“Wehrmacht”).

From 1946 on Mauthe re-started with the production of wrist watches. The company eventually declared bankruptcy and closed in 1976.

It appears that Mauthe stopped clock production in the mid 1940’s and= I am dating this clock to around that time, perhaps even a little earlier.

As to the movement itself, I can get a full 8 days on the time train but either the chime or the strike side has a weak spring (or both are weak) because at around day 6 it stops striking / chiming. The movement seems to be in good shape though I am noticing some black goo (dirty oil) on some pivots so a cleaning is in order fairly soon. The case is in good shape but the finish is dried out and rough. From a distance it looks presentable but a little refinishing without lifting the original finish might be in order. I managed to polish up the brass / copper surfaces so it looks very good.

These precision German movements keep very good time and are certainly worth keeping and repairing.

Enjoy and leave a comment if you wish.

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