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This is a domestic wall clock with a pendulum, having an escapement with a drive and a signalling mechanism chiming the hours. It is also equipped with a weight drive. The whole mechanism is placed in a wooden casing with a bell and a hammer at the top.

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This is a domestic wall clock with a pendulum, having an escapement with a drive and a signalling mechanism chiming the hours. It is also equipped with a weight drive. The whole mechanism is placed in a wooden casing with a bell and a hammer at the top. The face is made of wood and it is square with a semicircular finial with a white and gray background on a fairly thick undercoat. The face has an hourly scale with Roman numerals placed radiantly around the axis of the hands; it also has a minute scale.
Clocks of this type were popular in Orava before World War I. At the beginning of the 19th and 20th centuries, they were willingly purchased by the rural population of the whole region of Orava. They were brought by peasants leaving for work in the so-called Lower Lands, i.e. Hungary and Czech Republic; they were also bought at church fairs. Most often they were hung in a white or black room on a wall opposite the door, or on a door frame. This specimen was still used in the 1970s in one of the houses in Zubrzyca Górna. It was a kind of keepsake after the grandparents and the time when they lived. Apart from their basic role of measuring time, these clocks had an aesthetic function, beautifying the interior of cottages in Orava. They also showed the wealth of the occupants of a particular house. Several clocks were often found in one house.

Elaborated by the Orava Ethnographic Park Museum in Zubrzyca Górna, © all rights reserved

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