Black Forest Clock, ca. 1865
My family was stationed in England in the early '60s, and I was a teenager. And right before we came back to the United States, we went to a large estate. We purchased this, and the best that I can recall, he paid somewhere in the neighborhood of $500 for it.
It's a Black Forest clock, carved in the Black Forest, Southern Germany, and it's one of the greatest examples I've seen. Look at this eagle. Look at the feathers and the detail on the dog and all the foliage and everything else. Now, you may wonder how we're able to date these. Although, almost all of these were done in the 1800s, this one might have been done around 1860 or so, 1870. This has a French clockworks that was probably made around 1850 or '60. It's in wonderful condition. I'd put the value of this somewhere in the area of $10,000 to $12,000 in today's prices.
Okay, that's excellent.
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