Cityscape Mandtler

Mandtler Clock no. 8267, 1865. Mennonite Heritage Village 1966.406.1 (MC0217)

The Mandtlers, like the Kroegers, had a clockmaking tradition going back to the eighteenth century. Gerhard Mandtler (1821–1904), who made this clock in 1865, was at least a fifth-generation clockmaker. His father, Jacob (ca. 1790–after 1840), moved the family from Prussia to the Molotschna Colony in 1839 and set up a clockmaking workshop in Lindenau. The dial of this clock is original. The dial is painted in a wood grain pattern, which was unique for Mennonite clocks, but common in Mennonite-made furniture.

History

Given to Mennonite Heritage Village in Steinbach, Manitoba, Canada by an unknown donor.

 

  • Description Thirty-hour wall clock with pendulum and weight-driven movement, made by Gerhard Mandtler (1821–1904) in Lindenau, Molotschna Colony, Russian Empire (now Ukraine), in 1865, serial number possibly 8267. Arched dial is brown, painted with a wood grain design with a single gold border around the perimeter. Arch has hand-painted scene of a city, possibly Lucerne, Switzerland, surrounded by gold and floral decorative elements. Spandrels are hand-painted gold scrolls with red and blue flowers. White chapter ring with black Roman numerals, surrounded by a gold decorative border. Two hands; chain drive; two weights.

  • Mennonite Clock Number MC0217

  • Object Name Mandtler Clock

  • Serial Number 8267

  • Mennonite Heritage Village Accession Number 1966.406.1

  • Date Created 1865

  • Maker Gerhard Mandtler (1821–1904)

  • Location Made Lindenau, Molotschna Colony, Russian Empire (now Ukraine)

  • Dial Form Arched dial

  • Face Design Motifs Landscape scene

  • DesignType Hand-painted

  • Type of Hands Brass

  • Number of Hands 2

  • Drive Chain

  • Weights 2

  • Other Markings G Mandler 1865/ 8267 [undecipherable initials] (engraved on gear); 9154 G (scratched onto back of dial)

  • Height 50.7 cm; Width 35.2 cm; Depth 15.0 cm (measurements are approximate)

  • Owner Mennonite Heritage Village

  • Publications Arthur Kroeger, ‘Kroeger Clocks’ (Steinbach, MB: Mennonite Heritage Village, 2012), page 96–97.

  • Notes 8267 seems too high to be a regular serial number, but otherwise its purpose is unknown.

 

This Mandtler clock face is particularly uusual. It is painted a deep brown and has detailing that appears to imitate a wood grain. While this was a technique sometimes used on traditional Mennonite furniture, it was not commonly used on clocks. It also features a city scene, either real or imagined, in the arch where most Mennonite wall clocks focused on floral or nature scenes.

This Mandtler clock face is particularly uusual. It is painted a deep brown and has detailing that appears to imitate a wood grain. While this was a technique sometimes used on traditional Mennonite furniture, it was not commonly used on clocks. It also features a city scene, either real or imagined, in the arch where most Mennonite wall clocks focused on floral or nature scenes.

 

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