This is a pendulum regulated, weight driven, six-minute egg timer made from brass. It was designed to act like a stopwatch for cooking hard-boiled eggs. It can be set from 1-6 minutes. The pendulum counts down the time until the end of the period, at which point it rings a bell.
Mr. Petersen created a vast array of projects over his lifetime, ranging from miniature engines to hand-cranked animations and more. He built functional miniatures like a 1/3 scale Gatling gun or a 1/4 scale Case steam tractor, but he also built mechanical creations for the fun and enjoyment of his family. When Birk passed away in 2015, his family graciously donated over 150 items from his collection for display at the Miniature Engineering Craftsmanship Museum, where they are currently on display. We thank the Petersen family for sharing his extensive collection, which demonstrates the broad interests and many talents of Birk Petersen.