RS Mauthe

I picked up this Mauthe wall recently.  It was advertised locally but the seller did not know much about it beyond it’s provenance. It came from Europe (Holland) in the 1980s and had been in his wife’s family for several generations. Beyond that he knew little else because his wife had passed away some time ago and it was her family heirloom thus, she knew more about its history. I also suspect that the seller was reluctant to let this clock ago. It was a happy reminder of his past life though I sensed in my conversation with him that he had to part with this clock as he was moving onto the next phase of his life and that meant divesting of his past. I am like him, I think of life in phases. However,  he seemed pleased that it would go to a good home.

It is two train (time and strike) spring wound clock and it works well considering its age. The movement however is quite dirty. I suspect that it has rarely been serviced though I think at one point or another it has had some attention judging by the marks on some of the screws of the movement. Intact except for a missing finial on the bottom centre base.

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Movement clearly showing the trademark.

The clock is clearly over 100 years old. From my research I have concluded that the trademark on the top plate indicates that it was made between 1895 and 1914 though the exact year of manufacture is unknown. The trademark on this particular clock is a Friedrich Mauthe of Schwenningen (FMS) in 3 spokes with eagle on top. Mauthe trademarks are very distinctive and each one  is a indicator of the age of the clock thus the period mentioned above.

Otherwise, except for evidence of benign neglect the case is in very good condition and everything appears to be original including the key.

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The crown

The crown merely slips into a slot on the top of the clock which is very typical and perhaps allows for some probability. The crown is largely wood although the horse seems to be made out of some sort of cast plaster.

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The face

The dial appears to be porcelain but darkened with age. There is a leaf-like emblem inside the dial surround but I cannot make out what it is intended to represent.

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The base

The base is nondescript. There is a hole at the bottom which I take was a mount for a wall stabilizer. I must check into this further.

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The coil gong

The coil gong is typical for the period.

Overall I am very pleased with our latest acquisition and no doubt this clock will occupy a prominent location in our home.

Mauthe clocks have had a long and illustrious history in Germany.  In 1844 Friedrich Mauthe and his wife Marie founded the company in Schwenningen to produce watch parts. At the end of the 1860s Mauthe began to produce their own wall clocks (and movements). The Mauthe sons Christian (1845-1909) and James (1847-1915) took over in 1876. In 1886 Mauthe began manufacturing its own spring. Around 1900, alarm clocks, pendulum wall clocks, grandfather clocks, office clocks and so called “Buffet Uhren” or “Buffet clocks” were offered. 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 to build on the base of the company.

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.
In the  1930s the company at its peak produced about 45.000 clocks per week.  About 60% were produced for export markets such as Englnad. In the Mid-30s Mauthe started to manufacture their first wrist watches and some were supplied to the German Army (“Wehrmacht”). From 1946 on Mauthe re-started with the production of wrist watches. Henceforth the company eventually fell into decline.

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