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Grandfather Clocks from Sweden named Mora

If you are an experienced and worldly clock collector of antique grandfather clocks, you have no doubt seen the almost ubiquitous  Swedish (and sometimes French) Mora style clocks that were so prevalent and desired from 1825-1925 and beyond.  Some of the Grandfather Clocks by Howard Miller Clocks and Ridgeway Clocks and Hermle Grandfather Clocks have borrowed, or certainly resemble, some of the basic features of Mora Clocks.

The website So Much Better With Age recently featured Mora clocks and made the following observations:

The Swedish Mora Clock is a design classic that has a timeless appeal and works in almost every setting.  At Swedish Interior Design, we have over 60 antique Swedish Mora clocks for sale and I thought today I’d share some thoughts on what to look for when you choose a Mora.

Everyone loves them for their unique shape and elegant femininity.  The movie ‘Something’s Gotta Give’ is often people’s first entry in the timeless world of the Mora Clock.  They are now exceedingly rare and there are a few things to think about if you want to find the right one.

Remember every original Mora clock is a unique piece, handmade by a craftsman or cooperative so the hood size, clock face, belly shape etc. are always subtly or dramatically different on the clocks you will see.

Atlanta Magazine also ran a piece about Mora clocks more recently and why they are so desirable. In our own experience, while they are certainly distinctive, with many of the being one-of-a-kind finely crafted case with an excellent movement, it is relatively rare that we get any special requests for a Mora Clock. One on display may be snapped up in due course, but requests for searchers (and we get many) are few and far between. While they are great and stylish clocks, we think it is fair to say they are neither known nor necessarily appreciated the way they might be worldwide.  We have found some of our favorites in Lobbies of Hotels and in Restaurants of New York City.

As Atlanta Magazine pointed out in its January issue just published, there are 5 things to know about Swedish (Mora) Clocks below. We find this to be both an insightful and credible analysis:

With their distinctive hourglass shape and pastel palette, Swedish clocks exude a feminine charm. A. Tyner Antiques, located in the Galleries of Peachtree Hills, has become one of the nation’s foremost dealers in these elegant timepieces. “They’re just so happy to look at,” says owner Angie Tyner, who’s been known to ship a hundred at a time back from Scandinavia.

Swedish longcase clocks were most popular from the late 18th to the mid-19th centuries, says Tyner. Some early versions had only one hand, which indicated the hour. Most antiques cost $3,000 to $6,000.

Generally, movements were produced in small factories and cabinets were made by local carpenters. A clock’s style and decoration frequently indicate its place of origin. Simpler clocks from the town of Mora are perhaps best known. Tyner’s favorites are extra curvy clocks from the Fryksdahl region.

Cases were usually painted, often many times over, in the usual Swedish palette of grays, creams, and pale blues. Clocks from the central part of the country were occasionally decorated with painted flowers.

Today’s owners sometimes choose to replace the original works with a battery-powered quartz movement so the clocks don’t require winding. Though Swedish clocks chime on the hour, their tones are generally not as elaborate as those of English grandfather clocks.

Most clocks were custom orders made by local artisans, so there is little consistency in design. “Every time I buy, I see something unique,” says Tyner.

This article originally appeared in our Winter 2016 issue of Atlanta Magazine’s HOME.

Tags: A. Tyner Antiques, Beauty and the Beast, clocks, Galleries of Peachtree Hills, home decor, Swedish clocks

Grandfather Clocks from Sweden known as Mora Grandfather Clocks
Grandfather Clocks from Sweden known as Mora Grandfather Clocks

Clock Emojis Are Becoming Popular

What your emojis say about you?  Wall clock emojis are rising in popularity, according to a new paper published Tuesday in the journal Trends on Cognitive Sciences, a team of psychologists argue that as our daily interactions become more digital, scientists will benefit from studying them further. In particular, due to the growing use of emojis helping us get the same satisfaction from digital interactions as if we were communicating in person.

Grandfather Clocks emojis have also been in use for a while and may be rising in popularity as well. We have yet to see branded emojis for Howard Miller Grandfather Clocks or Hermle Clocks or Ridgeway grandfather clocks, but they may be coming soon. We would be very interested in hearing from any developer who can make great emojis in the style of mantel clocks or Kieninger Grandfather Clocks.

Express yourself with wall clocks emojis. The world is waiting.

Grandfather Clocks, Wall Clocks, Mantle Clocks
Clocks Among More Popular Emojis per CNN and Other Studies

Clock Tower Penthouse

As tower clock and grandfather clock collectors and enthusiasts, we just had to share a picture of this May 2014 supplement cover in the New York Times Home Section for this amazing looking clock tower penthouse:

Grandfather Clock Not Enough?
Grandfather Clock Not Enough?












Even not seeing the rest of the decor, or even knowing the location, it is hard to imagine a more striking view from the inside of one’s luxury home or apartment.  What is not clear from the photo is whether this is an antique clock with a mechanical mechanism beneath that we can not see, or whether it is operated purely by electricity.  On the question of whether this clock has the typical Westminster chimes of grandfather clocks and the Big Ben Tower Clock in London, we are guessing, since this clock is in a residential space, that it is like one of the elegant antique grandfather clock regulators with precision timing like those found in old-time jewelry stores of yesteryear.

We are intrigued enough by this property that we decided to do a bit more research.  The real estate brokerage firm representing the sale of this apartment is the highly regarded Corcoran Group of New York City.  We are assuming that they will not mind this unauthorized plug for this property here.  Turns out the owner is asking “only” 18 million dollars.

Here is a more complete description:

An Historic Gem; An Exceptional Home. The exquisite triplex penthouse atop Brooklyn’s iconic Clock Tower building in vibrant DUMBO will awe you with its architectural beauty, luxurious finishes, and spectacular views. Designed for flow and functionality, your custom kitchen by Canova is adorned with white lacquer cabinets, Pietra Cardosa sandstone and stainless steel countertops with integral sinks, and appliances by Gaggenau and Sub-Zero. Entertaining is a dream as you enjoy meals with guests in the huge living and dining areas that have endless layout possibilities with your backdrop of the 4 famous 14-foot glass clocks encircling the apartment, offering one-of-a-kind 360-degree views. Other highlights: soaring ceilings from 16 to 50 ft; solid rift quartered sawn 5-inch white oak plank floors; a custom glass-enclosed 3-story private elevator and architectural wraparound stairway; spa-like baths with radiant heated natural stone floors, glass wall tiles, fixtures and fittings by Dornbracht; Smart Home technology with Crestron system for heating, AC, lighting, AV and sun control. The master suite will delight you with views of lower Manhattan, and en-suite bath where you can gaze at the Manhattan Bridge to the Statue of Liberty from your soaking tub. Two additional bedrooms with private baths, a recreational space, sky roof cabana and open deck also showcase views from The Verrazano Bridge to the Empire State Building.

Additional features of this property include: Private Elevator.

Not too shabby.

Howard Miller means Clocks Plus

The Howard Miller Clock Company, as it had been formally organized for many years, has evolved from its origins.  Some are aware that Howard Miller was the son of Herman Miller of Herman Miller Furniture fame, and Howard Miller started his career making clocks as part of a new Clock Division at Herman Miller.  Eventually, Howard Miller moved just across the street in Zeeland Michigan, and started his own company, Howard Miller Clocks, to focus on the clock market specifically, to which he was most dedicated and enthusiastic.

Almost 100 years later, both Herman Miller and Howard Miller live and thrive as companies still within the general framework of their founders. One fact worth noting is that Howard Miller Clocks still does much of its own manufacturing in the USA, allowing most of its grandfather clocks to sport the Made in USA logo.  Seems especially worthy of not given this post is being written during the 2014 Winter Olympics.

Howard Miller Clocks is probably best known for its historical domination of the high-end grandfather clock market.  The cache with the Howard Miller clock name is undoubted, and many people gravitate to Howard Miller Grandfather Clocks because of the reputation and well-known and respected name, in addition to making the largest selection of high-end grandfather clocks and grandmother clocks in the market today.  This is true whether you are looking at mechanical chiming grandfather clocks with Westminster Chimes or Triple Chimes, or a grandfather clock or grandmother clocks with special features such as automatic nighttime shutoff, illuminated dials, rotating moon phase dials, or lit cabinets.  Tubular Chime grandfather clocks is one area where one of its competitors is gaining ground, with Hermle Clocks offering a nice selection of Tubular Chime Grandfather Clocks.  Both Howard Miller Clocks and Hermle Clocks offer German Mechanical movements, with Howard Miller having Kieninger Grandfather Cl0ck movements and Hermle Grandfather Clocks having movements made by Hermle itself in its main German headquarters and manufacturing location.  Kieninger, though owned by Howard Miller Clocks, is also a German company, and by itself offers a magnificent collection of German-made grandfather clocks.  Interestingly, during this period in recent years, Hermle Clocks has also started to make some of its best high-quality Grandfather Clocks here in the USA, in its Amherst Virginia USA headquarters, warehouse and manufacturing location.

The Howard Miller Clocks story has evolved, and in quite interesting ways.  In addition to grandfather clocks, wall clocks, and mantel clocks, the company makes Television Consoles, Furniture and upholstery for the Home and institutional marketplace, Wine and Bar Furnishing. Clock Urns,  Mirrors, and Home Storage units, just to name the main ones.

Interestingly, and most likely on purpose, Howard Miller and Herman Miller today still do not overlap in any meaningful way in their offerings.

Howard Miller seems to be transforming itself into a Lifestyle Brand.  The new Howard Miller Logo with the words Enhancing Life at Home™, shows the transformation the grandfather clock wall clock, and mantel clock industry giant is successfully making.

Howard Miller Clocks is Evolving into a Lifestyle Brand
Howard Miller Clocks is Evolving into a Lifestyle Brand




Howard Miller Wall Mantel Clock Guide





Howard Miller Wall Clocks Mantle Clocks Manual-1





Located in the shipping carton with the clock will be a key to wind the clock. If provided on your model, the shipping carton may also include a pendulum and finial that are separately packed. Please keep all of the original packaging material.


Access to the clock movement and chimes is made through the back of the clock. Howard Miller uses a combination of rubber bands, foam, Styrofoam, metal, and cardboard to secure the movement and chimes during shipping.

Cut rubber bands with scissors and discard.


Mechanical Movement Mechanism Parts - Figure 2
Mechanical Movement Mechanism Parts – Figure 2




Remove foam, Styrofoam, and cardboard from around the movement and chimes. When possible, pull in the direction shown to remove. (See figure 1 & 2)

For clocks with a pendulum, cut the rubber band or remove the metal spring clip from the back side of the movement by first pulling one end free. (See figure 2).

Open the front door and remove the white plastic insert holding the minute hand at the 3:00 location (this insert is not used on all models).

Follow the remaining instructions as they apply to your clock.


Follow these instructions for hanging pendulum.

NOTE: To perform the following steps, Howard Miller suggests wearing cotton gloves or using a soft cloth when handling parts.

Some pendulums have a colored protective plastic film covering the pendulum disk. Carefully remove this film before hanging the pendulum.

To hang the pendulum, locate the pendulum guide through the front door or back access panel. While holding the pendulum guide with one hand, slip the pendulum through the front door with your other hand. Place the pendulum hook over the pin or through the slot on the end of the pendulum guide, and lower the pendulum until it is hanging securely on the pendulum guide. (See figure 2).

Weight Driven Pendulum Wall Clocks - Figure 3
Weight Driven Pendulum Wall Clocks – Figure 3



Follow these instructions for hanging weights.

Do not remove the Styrofoam blocks until after your clock has been operating for at least eight (8) hours.

Check the weights to ensure that they are tightly assembled. Check to make sure that the cable is in the cable pulley. Hang the weights on the pulley. (See figure 3).




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FOR ALL CLOCKS – SETTING TIME (moving the hands)

To set the time, move ONLY THE MINUTE HAND counterclockwise (backwards) until the hour and minute hand are at the correct time. (See figure 4). DO NOT MOVE THE HOUR HAND WHEN SETTING THE TIME. The hour hand will move automatically when the minute hand is moved. By moving the minute hand counterclockwise it is not necessary to wait for the clock to chime as the minute hand passes each quarter hour.

Moving Clock Minute Hand - Figure 4
Moving Clock Minute Hand – Figure 4



The movement has a self correcting feature which synchronizes the chimes with the time. If after setting the clock on time, it does not chime properly, permit it to operate 12 hours to correct itself.


Clocks without a pendulum will start automatically if the clock is wound.

To start clocks with a pendulum, reach through the front door of the clock and place your hand on the side of the pendulum disk. Move the pendulum to the far left of center and release. Let the clock operate a few minutes until the pendulum settles into an even swinging motion. (See figure 5). If your clock gains or looses time after 24 hours, see General Information Section to regulate the time keeping of your clock.



General Clock Maintenance and Set-up Information
Clock Maintenance and Set-up Information – Figure 5




The product information label identifies the clock model number and serial number. The clock model number and serial number are essential for obtaining parts or service. The product information label is located either on the back or bottom of the clock. Refer to this label when contacting your dealer or Howard Miller. For easy reference in the future, take a moment to record these numbers in the space provided on page 5 of these instructions. Attach your sales receipt to this manual for future reference.






Insert the winding key into the holes located in the dial face. (See figure 6). Depending upon the model of your clock, there can be 1, 2, or 3 winding key holes. Turn the key clockwise until the spring becomes tight and will not turn further. For clocks with hanging weights, raise the weights using the crank. DO NOT lift the weights by hand while cranking. Wind your clock once a week.


Day One

1. Select a time of day that will allow you to check your clock at the same time for at least six days.

2. Record time selected ______

3. Check correct time.

4. Re-set the minute hand to the exact, correct time.

Day Two, Three, Four, Five, Six (If Necessary)

1. Check correct time.

2. Compare time shown on your clock with correct time. Is your clock fast or slow?


Adjusting Mechanical Clocks with and without Pendulums - Figure 6
Adjusting Mechanical Clocks with and without Pendulums – Figure 6

3. Adjust as detailed under “Clocks with Pendulum”or “Clocks without Pendulum”.

4. Check correct time.

5. Re-set the minute hand to exact, correct time.

Clocks with Pendulum

Changing the speed of time keeping is accomplished by moving the pendulum disk up or down. The pendulum disk is moved up or down by turning the adjustment nut. To slow the clock down, move the pendulum disk down by turning the adjustment nut to the left. To speed the clock up, move the pendulum disk up by turning the adjustment nut to the right. (See figure 7). Turn the adjustment nut one complete revolution for each half minute fast or slow per day. (24 hours).

Clocks without Pendulum

Changing the speed of time keeping is accomplished by moving the time adjustment lever. (See figure 1). To slow the clock, move the lever down towards the “-” (minus). To speed the clock up, move the lever up towards the “+” (plus).


Selecting the chime melody is accomplished by moving a lever on or next to the clock dial. Some models play only the Westminster chime, while others give you a selection of three melodies.

Adjusting Speed on Pendulum Clocks - Figure 7
Adjusting Speed on Pendulum Clocks – Figure 7


If the dial states “WESTM-SILENT” (Westminster-Silent) or “STRIKE-SILENT”, your clock has only the Westminster chime. If your clock has a triple chime movement, the chime lever identifies the melody choices.

Never change the selection while the clock is chiming or positioned near the release points. See figure 8 for when it is safe to move the chime selection lever without damaging the movement.








Your clock requires little care and maintenance. Listed below are steps you can take to maintain the exceptional quality of your Howard Miller clock.

• Wind your clock every seven days.

• Wax and polish your clock cabinet as frequently as you do your other furniture. Use a non-silicone liquid or paste wax.

• When cleaning glass, use a non-ammonia glass cleaner. Never spray the cleaner directly on the clock.

Chime Selection Lever - Safe and Unsafe Times, Figure 8

Chime Selection Lever – Safe and Unsafe Times, Figure 8

• For clocks with hanging weights, check the weights occasionally to ensure that they are still tightly assembled.

• Avoid exposing the clock to direct sunlight or high intensity lighting which may fade the finish. Protect from extreme temperatures and humidity changes which may cause the wood to split or crack.

• It is recommended that your clock movement be oiled every two years from the date of purchase and thoroughly cleaned every five to ten years depending on climatic conditions. Extremely dry, humid or salty air, heat or cold may necessitate more frequent servicing. Howard Miller does not recommend that you service the clock movement yourself. Contact an authorized Howard Miller Service Center.


Ensure that all instructions provided with your Howard Miller product have been carefully followed. These instructions will provide detailed information to answer most questions. Contact the Howard Miller web site [www dot howardmiller dot com] for a list of frequently asked questions that may conveniently resolve your problem or answer your questions.


If the clock chimes more than one minute before or after the proper time, the minute hand should be removed and adjusted.

CAUTION: When performing this operation be careful not to scratch the hand nut, hand or dial.

1.    When the clock starts to chime, stop the pendulum and record the time.

2.    Using pliers, carefully remove the small nut that holds the minute hand in place by    turning

the nut counterclockwise while at the same time hold the minute hand with your fingers near the small nut.

3. Remove the hand from the hand shaft by grasping it with your fingers at the point where it attaches to the shaft. Pull the hand straight off. This hand is not screwed on and should come off easily. The minute hand has a small raised area on the back side directly around the shaft hole, this is the hand bushing. Using pliers, grip the bushing firmly by its sides so that it cannot slip in the pliers. With your other hand, turn the clock hand forward or backward the distance necessary to chime at the correct time. (See figure 9).

Clock Chime Adjustment - Figure 9
Clock Chime Adjustment – Figure 9




4.    Re-attach the hand to the shaft and turn the hand nut finger tight. Make sure the hand    points

to the correct location that you recorded in Step 1 plus any corrections you made in step 3.

If the hand does not point to the correct mark, repeat steps 2 and 3.

5.    Snug up the hand nut with the pliers. Do not over tighten.

6.    Start pendulum.

7. Re-set the time by moving ONLY THE MINUTE HAND backwards as described in the set-up operation.

EXAMPLE: Clock chimes at 1:10 but should chime at 1:15.

Step 1: When clock chimes at 1:10 stop the pendulum and record the time of 1:10. Step 2: Carefully remove the small nut. Step 3: Remove the minute hand. Grip the bushing by its sides and turn the hand forward 5 minutes. Step 4: Reattach the hand so it points to 1:15. Attach the hand nut finger tight. Step:5 Snug up the hand nut. Step 6: Start pendulum. Step 7: Reset clock to current time.


Move Chime Selection Lever  ONLY When MINUTE HAND is in a Safe Time Area - Figure 8
Move Chime Selection Lever ONLY When MINUTE HAND is in a Safe Time Area – Figure 8 AGAIN





Clock Chimes Adjustment - Figure 9
Clock Not Striking Correct Hour – Figure 10


If after several hours of operation your clock does not strike the correct hour, grasp the HOUR HAND ONLY and move it forward or backward to line up with the correct hour on the dial indicated by the number of times the hour strikes. Rotating this hand independently will not damage the clock.

If the minute hand needs to be reset (to correct time), move the minute hand counterclockwise (backwards) as described in the “FOR ALL CLOCKS-SETTING TIME” section of these instructions.


1. Make sure that the selection lever is not in the “silent” position or halfway between two chime melody positions?

2. Make sure that all the packing material is removed from the movement area.

3. Make sure that the clock is wound.

4. Check hammer adjustment and correct chime tone as necessary.

5. Lift all hammers approximately one inch and then let them return to their resting position.


DO NOT ADJUST CHIME HAMMERS, unless the chime tone is incorrect. Chime tone may be affected by the hammers resting on the chime rods or striking the rods off center. Although the hammers were set at the factory, it is possible for them to get out of adjustment. For most clocks, it will not be necessary to adjust chime hammers. There are different types of chimes (rods, coils and bells).

Chime hammer arms are made of brass and can be safely bent. If necessary, adjust hammers so that they do not interfere with each other while moving or striking the chime rods, chime coil or chime bell. This is accomplished by bending the hammer arms slightly in the middle so that each hammer rests approximately 1/8″ from each rod or 1/8″ from the coil or bell. (See figure 10).

DO NOT bend the chime rods or chime coil. Chime volume cannot be adjusted.


Although it is not recommended that you repair your own clock, you should check these items before contacting Howard Miller, your dealer, or an Authorized Service Center. Do not attempt any adjustment you do not feel confident in making.

1. Has all the packing material been removed from the movement area?

2. Did you wind the clock?

3. Is the clock level?

4. Do the hands operate without interference? Do not let the hour hand hit the second hand. If the second hand is rubbing the dial, pull it out slightly. If the hour hand is rubbing against the back of the minute hand, the hour hand should be pushed closer to the dial (put your thumb nails on the center portion of the hour hand and push).

5. Make sure the pendulum is hanging correctly in the pendulum guide.


This warranty is our promise and commitment that our products have been manufactured using the finest materials and have been thoroughly inspected prior to being shipped from our facilities.

Products are warranted to the original consumer or recipient to be free from manufacturing defects in materials and workmanship under normal use, conditions and service from the date of purchase for a period of 1 Year.

This warranty does not include: damage to product or components resulting from abuse, accident, alteration, or climatic/environmental conditions; damage resulting from normal wear and tear, misuse, or unauthorized repair; natural variations in wood grain or changes in surface finishes due to aging or exposure to light. The company’s obligation under this warranty shall be limited to repairing the product or component, or at its option, replacing it with a new product or component.

A copy of the sales receipt or other comparable proof of original purchase is required to obtain warranty service. Some states do not allow the exclusion or limitation of incidental or consequential damages or the limitation on how long an implied warranty lasts so the above limitations or exclusions may not apply to you. This warranty gives you specific legal rights and you may also have other rights which vary from state to state.



Before pursuing service, ensure that all instructions provided with your Howard Miller clock have been carefully followed. These instructions will provide detailed information to answer most questions. Contact the Howard Miller web site ( www dot howardmiller dot com ) for a list of frequently asked questions that may conveniently resolve your problem or answer your question. Most problems can be quickly resolved without returning the clock for service. Before calling, please have these instructions and the following information available:

Model Number:_ Serial    Number:_ Date of Purchase:_ Where Purchased:_

The model and serial number can be found on the Product Information Label (see General Information).    (A copy of the original bill of sale or proof of purchase or receipt date.)

Brief Description of Problem:_


• In the unlikely event that your clock appears to be malfunctioning or require repair, IN NORTH AMERICA please call one of our Repair Technicians at (616) 772-9131. OUTSIDE NORTH AMERICA please call your distributor or agent.

• Have a copy of the original bill of sale or other proof of purchase or receipt date available.

• Have the Howard Miller model number and serial number and a complete description of the problem available.

• Return Authorization is required for all returns to Howard Miller. If you have been given authorization to return the clock to Howard Miller, you will be given a Return Authorization number (RGA#). Returns without prior authorization may be subject to additional charges and delays.

If a return is necessary, please package clock in the ORIGINAL packaging. Failure to properly pack the clock may cause damage that is not covered under warranty. You should obtain insurance for the return shipment. If ORIGINAL packaging is not available, you may find it convenient to take the clock to a professional packaging and shipping company (consumer expense). Otherwise, please follow the instructions below.

1. Package the clock into a stiff corrugated carton. This carton needs to be larger than the clock and should have at least 4″ (inches) of space between the clock and each carton wall, to allow for adequate cushion material.

Return Authorization # Your Address here
Return Authorization #
Your Address here


Howard Miller Company Attn: Customer Repair 860 East Main Ave. Zeeland, Mich 49464-1300 U.S.A.


2. Position the clock into the carton.

• Wrap the item in a plastic bag.

Damaged Glass Note: Remove all broken glass before packing the clock for return.

Failure to do so may further damage the clock and would not be covered under warranty.

• Cover the bottom 4″ (inches) of the carton with cushioning material. Cushioning material may include foamed peanuts, tightly packed newspaper or other similar material.

• Place the clock in the center of the carton on top of the cushioning material.

• Enclose the following inside the carton with the clock: the reason for returning the product, the RGA#, and a copy of the original bill of sale or proof of purchase.

• Fill the remaining space around the clock, and use enough additional cushioning material so that the clock cannot move or shift in transit.

3. Seal the carton securely with packaging tape. DO NOT use masking or tape intended for gift wrapping.

4. Clearly mark the outside of the carton with the complete Howard Miller Company “ship to” address. Include your complete address. Please include the Return Authorization number (RGA#), above your name, on the address label.

5. Damage caused by poor packaging or freight handling is not covered under warranty.


Charges will result for repair services if a bill of sale or other proof of purchase date is not provided, if instructions were not followed, if the clock is beyond the Limited Warranty period or is otherwise outside the scope of the Limited Warranty.


Repair service and/or parts to correct the following minor adjustments are at the consumer’s expense:

1. “Set-Up“. Set-Up instructions have been provided with your Howard Miller product.

2. Mechanical Movement Oiling and Cleaning. The movement in your clock is a mechanical mechanism and, therefore, requires periodic oiling and cleaning depending on climatic and environmental conditions. Under normal conditions a movement requires oiling with high quality clock oil approximately every two years from the date of purchase. Please contact a qualified clock repair person or authorized Howard Miller Service Center for this service.

3. Replacement of Suspension Spring.    Please return broken suspension spring to Howard Miller for proper identification. Replacement suspension springs are available from Howard Miller.

4. Pendulum, Timing, and Chime/Strike Hammer Adjustments. Instructions for these adjustments have been provided in this publication.


By accepting our product for shipment, the carrier acknowledges that the product is in First Class condition. By signing (or someone else signing on your behalf) to accept the shipment, you acknowledge that the product has been received in the same First Class condition as shipped. If the carton is crushed or otherwise damaged, instruct the driver to note the damage on the freight bill and file a claim immediately with the carrier. For your protection, we suggest that you inspect all merchandise at the time of delivery, before signing the Bill-of-Lading. When you or your representative signs without noting any damage, shortages or exceptions, you accept and own the merchandise, as delivered.


Should damage be discovered after delivery, you (the consignee) are responsible for filing a written Concealed Damage Claim with the carrier, requesting the carrier to make an inspection and create a damage report. This must be done no later than 14 days after the delivery date. Filing this claim is your responsibility, however, we will help you with the process and act as your advocate in reaching a satisfactory resolution with the carrier.



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Hermle Tellurium Instruction Guide and Best Telluriums

Tellurium Manual Hermle Clock Telleriums-1







Celestial Time

Tellurium Manual Hermle Clock Telleriums-4


INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE TELLURIUM CLOCK – Also see Hermle Astrolabium Clocks – Wonder Timepiece Specialty Clocks

The solar system as well as the calendar feature work with the clock. As long as you keep the clock mechanism wound the solar system work in real-time and the calendar keeps track of the the day and date.  Tellurium is one of our Masterpieces that can illustrate the position of the Earth, moon and sun, month and date, as well as the constellation. And it tells time too.

Solid wood with black piano finish. The Tellurium clock reproduces the annual orbit of the earth around the sun, with the earth rotating around its own axis once in twenty four hours. The moon, in turn, revolves around the earth in 29.5 days completing a full rotation around its axis. This allows the reproduction of the different moon phases as they are visible from earth. In the course of one year, the earth passes all twelve zodiac signs, months and individual days which are indicated on the flat disc. Mechanical 8-day spring wound movement with 4/4 Westminster chime on 4 polished nested bells, Separate second feature. Different Hermle Tellerium models have different features, and one example showcases an 11 jewel deadbeat escapement, polished nickel plated brass, disc has milled zodiac signs, and rosettes in addition to the months and days of the year. The Tellurium has reproductions of the sun, earth and moon, incorporating the day/month indicator.   All Hermle Telleriums are Made in Germany.  See some examples with links to specific models.  These are among the finest automata timepieces made today.

Tellurium Manual Hermle Clock Telleriums-2





This item is a masterpiece of clock manufacture, please unpack it carefully and use the gloves provided for setting up the clock.

1.) Unpack the clock

First, take out the upper carton in which you will find the polished Sun ball, the winding key and the glass dome of the Tellurium, Please then pull out the second inner carton, with the 2 handles, out of the outer carton and take out the upper foam cushion and the Tellurium. Open up the carton with the glued foam cushion and take out the clock from the carton.

2.) Transportation securing devices

Open the door of the clock and remove all of the packaging materials such as rubber, paper, foam, etc., from the hammers and bells, as well as the fixation tubes from the 3 winding holes.

3.) Winding the clock

The power reserve for the clock, when fully wound, is approximately 1 week. Do not forget to wind the clock up regularly, if the clock stops it will require the setting procedure to be repeated in full. Using the key supplied, insert the key into the winding holes and turn the key clockwise until fully wound up, approximately 4,5 full turns. As you look at the clock, the right winding hole is for winding up the chime, the central winding hole is for the time and the left winding hole is for the hour strike.

Tellurium Manual Hermle Clock Telleriums-3




(4.2)  autom. night shut-off

chime OFF

(4.1) chime-shut-off

chime ON



4.) Chime

a Chime shut off @ (4.1)

The chime shut off lever is beside the 3 o’clock position. If the lever is up = no chime, if the lever is down = chime.

b Night shut off @ (4.2)

The night shut off will automatically stop the chime and strike during the night. The night shut off can be found between centre of the dial and the 3 o’clock position. For easier identification the open dial is shown on the picture.

Lever up = night shut off activated, lever down = night shut off is not activated.

If the night shut off is activated the clock will not chime or strike from 10.00 PM until 06.45 AM. If the clock will not chime between 10.00 AM and 6.45 PM, when the clock has the night shut off engaged, it is out of synchronization, it is set to the wrong 12 hour cycle. You must turn the minute hand forwards by 12 hours, i.e.

5.) Chime and strike setting

Remove the tissue paper from the hands, if any, and push the chime shut off lever to the “on” position, downwards. Release the hour chime by turning the minute hand, the long hand, forwards to the 12 o’clock position. After the Westminster melody, the chime, you will hear the hour strike. If there is no Westminster chime when you have turned the minute hand to the 12 o’clock position, turn the minute hand counter clockwise to 10 o’clock and move it forwards again clockwise to    the    12 o’clock    position.    Repeat    this    until the

clock strikes the hour where the hour hand is set, the hour hand    is the shorter    of    the two    hands.    If    it    does    not

strike the correct number of hours to where the hour hand is originally set, turn the hour hand forwards until it is set to the hour which the clock has struck. Then move the minute hand, clockwise or counter clockwise, to the desired time. After one hour the in-built chime synchronization will ensure that the clock will chime the correct time and the following melody sequences.

15 minutes past the hour – First quarter chime

30 minutes past the hour – Half of the chime

45 minutes past the hour – Three quarters of the chime

On the hour    –                         Full Westminster chime & strikes the number of hours indicated

Automatic chime shut off – Silent between 10.00 PM and 06.45 AM.

Chime shut off    –                    Silent all day/night

Hermle Tellurium Astrolabium Manual-Song Notes

6.) Regulating the clock (§)

The clock is equipped with a high precision eleven jewels escapement which has been pre-regulated during the testing period of the clock. If additional regulation should be necessary, do this very carefully, do not touch the coil spring. By pushing the regulating finger approximately 1 mm you can change the accuracy up to 3 to 4 minutes per day.

Shifting to the plus, +, position, left, will speed up the clock.

Shifting to the minus, -, position, right, will slow down the clock.

(6) regulating finger    \    1.5-2

Tellurium Manual Hermle Clock Telleriums-7

Tellurium Manual Hermle Clock Telleriums-6

7.) Hammer adjustment (7)

Each of the hammers should be approximately 1,5 to 2 mm away from the bed. Please check that the hammers hit the bell approximately 1 mm from the outer edge. If the hammer is not hitting the bell in the perfect position, double strike, you can bend the hammer wire slightly to adjust the hammer strike to the perfect position.

8.) How to set the Hermle-Tellurium

Take the brass Sun ball and push the Sun carefully onto the centre axle of the Tellurium, see picture. The mechanical Tellurium reproduces the annual orbit of the Earth around the Sun, with the Earth rotating around its own axis once in 24 hours.

The Moon rotates around the Earth in 29,5 days, completing a full rotation around its own axis. In the course of one year the Earth passes all 12 zodiac signs, months and individual days, which are indicated on the brass disc.

By tilting the Earth axle, respectively the equator, we can even show Summer and Winter according to the seasons, sunbeams heat the Earth during the Winter with a flat angle and during the Summer with a sharp angle.

8.1) Turn the complete gear wheel carrier (A), with the black date hand, to ^ December 20th, the Winter solstice – longest night. Please be careful that you are not touching the shifting star (B) with the black hand. You can turn the black hand in either direction.

Hermle Tellurium Astrolabium Manual 8.1  8.3

8.2) Turn the retainer (D), holding the Earth Globe, so that the retainer is located at the opposite side of the Sun. This is valid for the Northern hemisphere, for the Southern hemisphere the retainer of the Earth must be between the Earth and the Sun.

8.3) Now, turn the wheel carrier with the date hand to the actual date (C), do not touch the star wheel behind the hand.

8.4) Set the Moon according to the actual Moon phase. You will find the phase of the Moon in your diary or calendar, see also our sketch on page 6.

Hermle Tellurium Astrolabium Manual 8.2

If the Moon is full, the silver side of the Moon should face the sun, the Earth will then be located between the Moon and the Sun. If there is a new Moon, the black side of the Moon should be facing the Earth, the Moon being located just between the Earth and the Sun. The Moon assembly is mounted on a friction bushing and you have to hold the big wheel, underneath the Earth globe, when you turn the Moon around the Earth according to the present phase of the Moon.

Hermle Tellurium Astrolabium Manual 8.4

8.5) Setting the Earth. Now turn the Earth, which has a friction bushing, according to the position you are and according to the time of day. If you are living in Europe, Europe should face towards the Sun during daylight hours. Be sure that the retainer of the Earth will not move anymore when you turn the globe.


Now your Tellurium is fully adjusted, put the glass dome on top of the whole Tellurium and place the clock at the final destination.

Hermle Tellurium Astrolabium Manual 8.5

9.) If you forget to wind the clock up, or perhaps it is your vacation and there is nobody to wind the clock up, you have to restart the whole set up procedure, from paragraph 3 above.

10) Service

Do not put any type of cleaner, polish, water, etc., on the brass parts of the clock. If you must do this, use a clean, dry, lint free cloth.

Ask your local clockmaker about future service of the movement. Since the mechanical parts of the movement can be affected by humidity, heat and cold, the time to lubricate or even clean the movement should be after 5 to 8 years depending on the environment of the clock.

Do not attempt to lubricate the movement yourself as a special clock oil is required.

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