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Winterhalder & Hofmeier

Information about clockmakers Winterhalder & Hofmeier

The origins of Winterhalder & Hofmeier stretch back to 1810 when Thomas Winterhalder established Winterhalder Uhrenfabrik. However, clcok-making was a tradition in the Winterhalder family. His grandfather Nikolaus Winterhalder (1710-1743) had been making quality clocks with wooden cogs and weights from stones.

His grandson Anton Winterhalder (born 1838) was in charge of the business in Schwarzenbach in Germany when he entered into partnership with Johannes Hofmeier (1802-1876) in 1850 to form Winterhalder & Hofmeier.

The company flourished up until World War I, but then started to falter in the post war period. The business struggled up until the death of Linus Winterhalder (the youngest son of Anton Winterhalder) in 1932 with production stopping in 1933. The company was formally dissolved on 2nd June 1937.

The movements and clocks made by Winterhalder & Hofmeier  are often believed to be the among the best produced in Germany at this time.

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Lot FS30/759

Lot FS30/759: Winterhalter & Co, City, A Walnut Four-glass Mantel Clock

Winterhalter & Co, City, a walnut four-glass mantel clock the eight-day duration, double-fusee movement striking the hours on a bell, the six-inch square brass dial engraved with black Roman numerals, rococo corner spandrels, with the maker's name to the centre Winterhalter & Co 99, Bishopsgate St, City, with blued steel spade hands, the walnut four-glass case with glazed sides and top, serpentine moulding to the base and standing on flat feet, height 32cm.

Estimate: £500 - £700
Realised: £1,450

Lot FS19/708

Lot FS19/708: Winterhalder & Hofmeier, Schwarzenbach, A Chiming Longcase Clock

Winterhalder & Hofmeier, Schwarzenbach, a chiming longcase clock the three-train, eight-day duration movement striking the hours on one tube and the quarters on a further four tubes, with brass bound weights and a steel rod pendulum with a brass bob, the eleven-inch brass break-arch dial having a raised chapter ring with raised brass Arabic numerals, with engraved filigree decoration to the dial centre and four corners, with a subsidiary seconds dial, blued steel hands, two subsidiary dials to the top corners for 'strike/silent' and 'chime/silent' and signed on a silvered cartouche W&H Sch, the mahogany case having a glazed trunk door, short panelled base with further inset panelling to the sides, castellated moulding to the hood with a pediment top, with turned three-quarter columns to the trunk and turned columns to the hood, standing on bracket feet, height: 215cm.

Estimate: £1,000 - £1,200
Realised: £1,000