Dorrin K Mace, Horologost

Dorrin K Mace, Horologost
The Clock Man in a pensive moment

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Mauthe Clock Company



In 1844 Friedrich Mauthe and his wife Marie (Kienzle) founded a company in Schwenningen, Germany to produce watch parts.  By the end of the 1860s Mauthe began to produce their own wall clocks and movements.  Some were produced through the network of cottage clock industries or so called "Gewerblern", others were produced in a mass production industrialized way.  The Mauthe sons Christian (1845-1909) and James (1847-1915) took over in 1876.  In 1886 Mauthe Clock began manufacturing its own spring.
 In 1899 a case factory was added, by 1900, 1000 employees were on the payroll. In 1915 Mauthe added their own sawmill and milling shop. In 1923 the year of inflation made competition for Mauthe tough. In 1930 2000 workers produced 45,000 clocks and watches a week. By 1923, 60% German clocks exported to London were Mauthe.
Around 1900, alarm clocks, pendulum wall clocks, grandfather clocks, office clocks and "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.
 In 1970, Mauthe struggled for survival, and in 1975 the company was in receivership and forced to close in 1976.

c. 1925 trademark                             


 

c. 1900 trademark                                                          

 

Typical Mauthe  c. 1928 floor clock                                                            

17 comments:

  1. I enjoy reading your writings. May I ask, does Mauthe clocks still being produce these days? I often see grandfather clock with mauthe brand on the dial face being sold in local clock shops, and when asked, the seller describes the clocks are all new, the movements are from Germany and the casing are constructed from Thailand. Can I trust the seller? Anyway I am from Malaysia. Thank you. Zul

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    1. No closed in 1976. This is pointed out in the final sentence of the post.

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  2. I have a F mauthe W502 movement. Do you set the time by moving the hands in the clockwise direction?

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  4. I have a small Mauthe Mantel clock. Movement no. W 560. Keeps perfect time. Any idea when it was made please. Lesley

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    1. Send your clock photo to my direct email 
      pineknoll@zoominternet.net

      I will need a photo of the front, back and of the movement.  With these photos I should be able to provide some history and current value for your family treasure.

      Thank you,
      Dorrin K Mace, Horologist, Certified Antiques Appraiser
      Pine Knoll Clock Shop
      Pine Knoll Appraisals
      1749 Mercer Grove City Road
      Mercer, PA 16137-6333 USA

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  5. Hi, I have an old Mauthe inherited from my father who inherited it from his father and i'm not an expert like you, so how can i evaluate it and how can i attach a picture to this script. thanks in advance and i'd really appreciate if you could help me.

    Regards,
    Tamer
    Cairo, Egypt

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  6. Send your clock photo to my direct email 
    pineknoll@zoominternet.net

    I will need a photo of the front, back and of the movement.  With these photos I should be able to provide some history and current value for your family treasure.

    Thank you,
    Dorrin K Mace, Horologist, Certified Antiques Appraiser
    Pine Knoll Clock Shop
    Pine Knoll Appraisals
    1749 Mercer Grove City Road
    Mercer, PA 16137-6333 USA

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  7. I have a Mauthe wall clock. The original movement is too costly to repair. Do you know how I can find another movement that will be compatible?

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    1. If you have the original movement, please send me a photo as well as a diagnosis of what is wrong and I will see what we can do to repair the original. A replacement is not readily available. Email the photos to pineknoll@zoominternet.net

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  8. I have a mantle clock of mauthe. The movement stated its number of W-500, any idea of when it is made.

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    1. Please email a photo to pineknoll@zoominternet.net and I should be able to help you.

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  10. Dear Dorrin, I´m Spanish and friend offered me an old Mauthe table clock. I guess is not too old but I´m curious about date and history. Can I send you a picture of it? What is the email address ???
    Many thanks!!!

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    1. Certainly you may send me a photo of your clock. Email photos to pineknoll@zoominternet.net

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    2. Hi, could anyone help me finding spares for a W560 movement?

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