CARRIAGE CLOCK WITH TRAVELING CASE Blondeau B.té du Roi, Rue de la Paix No. 19 Paris Spring signed and dated: Montandon Julliet 1836 France

Carriage clocks


Signed: Blondeau B.té du Roi, Rue de la Paix No. 19 Paris
Spring signed and dated: Montandon Julliet 1836

Brass pillar plated movement with Swiss anchor escapement and adjustable balance. The movement with hour striking and one strike on the half-hour, alarm and repetition. The movement, striking work and alarm are all driven by a barrel, the barrel of the going train with fusee. The bell and winding up holes are placed at the back-plate.

The brass silver gilt dial-plate with three separate dials. The larger Roman numerals are for time indication. The hands are made of gilt brass. The smaller Arabic numerals bottom left and the gilt bras handle are to indicate the right date. The small Arabic numerals on the right are to set the alarm. In between the two smaller dials is the signature “Blondeau B.té du Roi, Rue de la Paix No. 19 Paris.

The case
The brass gilt case with facetted glass. The top with handle and repetition button.

Duration 8 days

Measurements clock
Hight 15,5 cm.
Width 10,5 cm.
Depth 8 cm.

Measurements traveling case
Hight 18 cm.
Width 12,5 cm.
Depth 10 cm.

– Dictionnaire des Horlogers Français, blz. 61 en 471. Auteur: Tardy.
– Carriage clocks, blz. 432. Auteur: Allix.

Blondeau was working in Paris at Rue de la Paix around 1830 till 1840. He was a wellknown and very ingenious clockmaker. With the invention of the French carriage clock, around 1810, Breguet was mentioned as the founder of the carriage clock and it was Paul Garnier who made the carriage clock industry running. However, the 1827 the ‘Exposition’ in Paris was seen as the great break through for the development of carriage clocks. At that Exposition Blondeau introduced an eightday ‘Montre de Voyage’, with calender, moonphase and Grande Sonnerie. Blondeau was also presented at the ‘Exposition’ of 1834 and 1839.
Possibly the carriage clock with the signed case was made for ‘Duc de Vallom¬brosa’. This clock was exhibited in 1827 and signed ‘Blondeau Horologer Bte du Roi, Rue de la Paix No 19’. It is also carrying the name of Lézé, the successor of Blondeau.

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