Friday, November 27, 2009

Black Forest drinking king automaton clock

Justin Miller -- a fan of The Automata / Automaton Blog and collector of Black Forest clocks -- recently added a rare clock to his collection. He has been kind enough to share the piece with us. Made circa 1870 in the Black Forest, the clock features a drinking king automaton figure. Every 10 minutes or on demand the king comes to life.

The automaton's sequence of movement is as follows:

1 - The king's left arm holds a large beer. His arm raises the bottle across his chest above the glass. The wrist then tips the bottle to pour a drink.

2 - The arm with the bottle returns to his side.

3 - The right arm holding the glass is lifted up to his mouth.

4 - The mouth opens to accept the beverage.

5 - The eyes drop to the glass to confirm it is empty.

6 - The eyes return to looking ahead.

7 - The mouth closes as the glass is returned to resting position.

See this and Justin Miller's other wonderful Black Forest clocks on his blog,

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Anonymous Falk Keuten said...

Surely not unknown for Justin Miller this wonderful book about all the mechanisms from the automata black forest clocks: "Herbert J├╝ttemann:
Figurenuhren aus dem Schwarzwald".
Greets Falk

November 28, 2009 at 7:55 AM  
Anonymous Justin Miller said...

Falk- Yes excellent book! One of my favorites.A must have for any collector of BF Automa. Best, Justin

December 2, 2009 at 10:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In our June 3rd Auction we have a wonderful piece!!
It needs a little work but is just gorgeous...please take a look! Go to our website, click Auction Catalog and scroll down to Lot 68.

May 28, 2010 at 11:49 AM  

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