Longcase clock

Various artists/makers

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 553

The dial displays local time, as well as the time in ten other cities. Also indicated are the positions of the sun and moon in the zodiac, the phase of the moon, the age of the moon in its monthly cycle, the day of the week, the day of the month, and the number of days in the month. The clock was originally fitted with a miniature clavier that played mechanically after the striking of the hour.

Longcase clock, Clockmaker: Hermann Achenbach (German, born 1730, active before 1759–92), Case: oak veneered with maple, burl woods, holly, and hornbeam (all partly stained), and other woods; mother-of-pearl; gilded bronze; and brass; Dial: partly gilded and partly silvered brass and enameled and painted copper; Movement: brass and steel, German, Neuwied am Rhein

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