Book 9 German Clocks covers repair procedures for a category of clocks representing a wide range of styles and ages. Wall and mantel clocks that were imported from Germany in the 19th and early 20th centuries are still plentiful. After World War II, German clock factories were rebuilt to fill a growing American demand that peaked in the 1970’s and ‘80’s. This book is organized into four chapters covering several segments of the German clock output. Chapter 1, Older German Wall & Mantel Clocks, covers late 19th and early 20th century German movements. Chapter 2, Modern-Era German, provides repair information on wall and mantel clock movements from the second half of the 20th century, as produced by Hermle, Urgos, Gebruder Jauch, and others. These German movements were cased and sold by American companies such as Ridgeway, Howard Miller, and Colonial Manufacturing. Chapter 3, Cuckoo Clocks, describes a group of clocks loved by their owners, yet avoided by some repairers. Most were designed to run one day on a winding, with a wooden or plastic cuckoo bird that appeared every hour. Some cuckoo clocks had music boxes and miniature whirling figures in colorful German costumes. Chapter 4, 400-Day Clocks, covers a style of German table clock that was a common sight in American homes in the second half of the 20th century. These clocks featured a torsion pendulum that rotated in one direction and then reversed itself, rather than a swinging pendulum or a balance.
Please note that grandfather clocks with German movements, whether modern-era or older, are covered in Book 4 Grandfather Clocks in this series.