Sometimes I find an item that attracts me at auction because of its beauty and rarity. I have seen similar wall clocks from Holland to this clock, but they are not vintage or complete, and the seller does not know what the item truly is. This clock is a Holland made wall clock from the original 18th century design called Friesland. It has a hand painted brass dial and a 8 day Franz Hermle and Sohn brass works, German. Dutch clocks have a long history. Primarily they are made in the Black Forest area and many historians report that the first of the Dutch clocks were seen in the middle ages, perhaps as early as the 1300s. This mid 1900's clock is an example of this history. The Hermle clock company, like many of the well-known American clock companies, such as Seth Thomas and Ingraham, owes its existence to one clockmaker who had the desire to build quality clocks, Franz Hermle. While the major American clock companies trace their roots to the early 1800’s, the Hermle Company is a twentieth century success story. The company was started in 1922, shortly after Germany began recovering from World War I, as the Franz Hermle Clock Company in the town of Gosheim near Wuerttemberg, Germany. Franz Hermle passed on his clockmaking expertise to his four sons: Gebhard, Alfred, Hans and Heinrich, changing the name of the company to Franz Hermle and Sohn. Continuing the success story, Franz Hermle and his sons prospered after the devastation of Germany from World War II, at a time when many of the major American companies could not recapture their former status as world leaders in clockmaking and were soon to disappear from the scene. In addition to the manufacture of clock movements, Franz Hermle and Sohn expanded into the manufacture of clocks and clock accessories. Franz Hermle died in 1953, leaving the company to his sons. The clock measures 20" tall x 9 3/4" widw x 7" depth.