Warmink No. 22038 Dutch Zaandam Wall Clock, circa 1950's
NOT FOR SALE
This is a vintage (circa 1950's) reproduction of a Dutch Zaandam, Zaan, or Zaanese wall clock, made by Warmink Uhren (WUBA CLOCKS) of Almalo, The Netherlands. The Zaandam clocks are named after the originals which were designed and manufactured between 1675 and 1725 by several clock-making families who had settled in the Zaansestreek, a region bordering the small Zaan River just north of Amsterdam. The "Warmink" Company represented such an industry since its existence for over 70 years, producing quality clocks in the traditional Dutch styling. The WUBA clocks are made until 1957 in the factory of Warmink. After that the name of WUBA disappeared and only Warmink was used.
In 1990 after 75 years in business, the Warmink family retired and Warmink Uhren (WUBA CLOCKS) clock factory closed their doors forever. It was situated in Almelo in de provence Overijssel Netherland.
This clock has an 8-day weight powered brass movement with a bell strike on the hour and half hour. The movement has a convenient beat adjustment and the case is made of solid wood. The clock was a gift in May 2012 and is the only Dutch clock in my collection. The Warmink Holland name is on the dial. There are no visible markings on the movement. The movement is very clean and the clock runs well, so the movement was not removed.
Clockmaking is not a new industry to Holland, for small family business have existed for centuries producing the various types and styles that distinguish Dutch Clocks from those of other countries. Shortly after Christiaan Huygens invented the pendulum escapement (1656), this style of clock became the Dutch Zaan region's famous contribution. This recognizable style has been in use since about 1670. Zaan or Zaandam clocks are small boxes with baroque ornaments that are attached, via brackets, to a beautifully grained wall board. The brass crown shows illustrations of Faith, Love (Charity), and Hope. The bell is topped by Atlas, carrier of the world. The pendulum bob depicts a riding horseman. These diverse religious and cultural characters adorn the phrase "NU ELCK SYN SIN" on the clock's bronze fret piece which is Middle Dutch for "Now to each his own." which was a typical sentiment in 17th Century Holland. I have no idea what the riding horseman symbolizes.
(The information above was gathered from various on-line sources and seems correct but the accuracy cannot be guaranteed.)
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