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The Maltese Clock

The Maltese Clock’s real origin is difficult to trace. However, tradition has it that they

adorned houses of the Maltese nobility as far back as the 17th century.

 

The clock was made of wood suitable to take on several layers of gypsum, which was then

engraved and decorated with gold. The case had two doors. The inside door incorporated the

hand painted dial to which a hand made clock mechanism by Maltese Clock Master Makers was

fixed from behind. Further down in the clock face the moving pendulum could be seen

through a decorated aperture. On the front there was another door, which was framed with

glass to protect the dial and ornate hands. The clock case was then painted and abundantly

decorated with flowers typical of the colourful finish for which the clock is renowned.

 

These clocks were made either as wall hanging or table clocks. The wall hanging, however were

the most popular. Today, the Original Maltese clocks are collectors items and very hard to

find for acquisition as they fetch very high prices running into thousands of Euros.

 

However, the tradition goes on with the reproduction of these clocks. They are made in the

same original manner using the same technique. The only difference is that one cannot find

the original hand-made clockwork. Two types of movements are used nowadays: a mechanical

movement, which is adapted to be wound from the inside of the clock or a quartz battery

movement. The latter is more commonly used being more practical.

 

The Maltese Clock reproductions come in different colours, the most popular being green &

maroon. Different designs are found depending on the artist and also requests of the buyer.



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