Musical Clock, Salarjung Museum

The English Bracket Clock at Salarjung Museum in Hyderabad is said to have manufactured in England and assembled in Calcutta in the late 19th century. It was acquired by Salar Jung III, Nawab Mir Yousuf  Ali Khan (1889-1949) from the Cooke and Kelvey Co. Clock has more than 350 parts. It contains a mechanism by which a small toy figure of a bearded man comes out from the enclosure three minutes before every hour and exactly at 60th minute strikes the gong as per time (eg. Five times at 5′ o clock) and then goes back inside. There is another toy man visible who is a blacksmith seen holding a hammer and striking the seconds without any break. Enriched with nicely wrought metallic mounts, the huge mechanical clock has three dials for day, date and month in addition to chimming every fifteen minutes.

This musical clock is one of the biggest attractions of the museum and daily during the museum timings at every hour people gather in big numbers just to see the striking of the gong by the toy. Watch the video and feel the anxiety of all the visitors to not miss those few seconds.

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