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Medieval Mechanical Wood Wall Clock - "Matutinus"

Medieval Mechanical Wood Wall Clock - "Matutinus"

$ 472.00

This handmade clock is a work of mechanical art by Carlos Fernandez - Ardavin and is crafted in the same way as in the middle ages.

Studying the history and mechanics of antique clock making, Ardavin has created beautiful and functional clocks that are made with the same materials and  same techniques used at the time.

His daughter, Maria, continues with the medieval clockmaking trade that her father teaches her every day.

  • It is a hanging wall clock moved by weights and its regulation is carried out by the “foliot” which is a stick with small counter-weights on its sides that can be regulated.
  • This clock functions the same way as medieval clocks, with identical mechanical systems and materials (wood, brass and iron), using the same techniques as at the time.
  • Naturally, the face of this clock has only one hand; the minute hand was to appear with the pendulum clock, in the eighteenth century.
  • Handmade in Spain


  • Fix a nail two-and-half meters from the floor (not a spike), at an upwardly diagonal angle so that the clock is always perpendicular and parallel to the wall.
  • Ensure that the weight’s string fits correctly in the motive pulley.
  • Tie up the big weight on the left hand side, and the small one on the right hand side of the string.
  • Pull the right hand side of the string downwards so that the big weight moves up as far as possible; the clock will immediately start working.


  • The regulation of this clock is done by varying the position of the counter-weights A and B in the “foliot” mechanism
  • The closer you position the counter-weights symmetrically towards the escapement axle, the faster the clock works, and vice versa.

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