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.
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
Type of Hands Brass
Number of Hands 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.