Dorrin K Mace, Horologost

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

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

"Foreign" Clocks

I have on occasion received in clocks with the movements marked "Foreign"  The owners often feel they have a rare piece that was marked foreign to be able to sneak the clock out of the country, or they are unable to locate a clock manufacturer named "Foreign".
Well in reality these clocks are marked foreign usually because the clock guild in the country selling the clock, wants the clock works to reflect made in their country or simply marked "foreign" for any clock made outside of the country.
The movement in this photo is marked foreign under the lead and chime arm.  The mark of crossed arrows impressed in the upper right portion of the back plate indicates this was made by the Hamburg American Clock Company.

Typically clocks marked foreign were made by a German clock company and sold in the Unites States and England.  The foreign mark was used extensively after World War II as sentiments about the German people were not favorable.


  1. I have a 138.43 cm tall Westminster chime granddaughter clock marked foreign (movement and dial) minus the pendulum and, I can NOT find the correct one? HELP!!!

    1. This is a difficult task for sure. If you could send photos of the case as well as the back of the movement, I will see what I can find for you. Please email the photos to


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