STRIKING CARRIAGE CLOCK Numbered: 2628 Ca. 1890 France

Carriage clocks


Numbered: 2628
Circa 1890

The spring-driven brass movement consists of going, striking and alarm trains. The going train has an English lever escapement and adjustable balance on a platform. The striking train indicates the hours fully and the half hours with one stroke on a gong. It has repetition that is activated by pressing a button on the front of the case. The movement also has an alarm. The winding arbors, setting square for the hands and the regulation are located at the back. The backplate bears the number 2628.

The silver circular dial which is part of a beautifully painted silver front plate on which birds, butterflies and flowers and leaf vines are visible. The chapter ring has Roman hour numerals, five-minute divisions and minute strokes. The time is indicated by two blued steel hands. The centre is painted with floral, leaf and vine motifs.

The elegantly engraved and gilt brass case has beautifully painted porcelain panels to the sides, depicting gold-white leaf and floral vines, birds and butterfly motifs. The clock, which rests on flat block feet, is surmounted by a moulded and engraved handle and has a bevelled glass panel at the top through which the escapement is visible. The front and rear have also bevelled glass panels. At the rear there is a door that provides access to the winding squares, as well as those for setting the hands and the alarm.

Duration: 1 week
Height: 10 cm (12.5 cm including the handle)
Width: 5 cm.
Depth: 5.5 cm.

Similar clocks are depicted in C. Allix and P Bonnert, Carriage Clocks, pp. 161-164.

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