CARRIAGE CLOCK WITH TRAVELLING CASE A. Happacher in Wien Ca. 1845 Austria
CARRIAGE CLOCK WITH TRAVELLING CASE
Signed: A. Happacher in Wien
This attractive carriage clock has a spring-driven movement, consisting of going, striking and alarm trains. The going train has a so-called duplex escapement with hairspring balance on a platform with regulation. The ‘Grande Sonnerie’ striking indicates the hours and the quarters fully on the hour on a bell and on the quarters, the hours and the quarters fully on a gong. It can be repeated at will and it can also be switched off by a slide on the top right-hand side. The maker has signed the movement on the backplate with his gracefully engraved name and place: A. Happacher in Wien.
The rectangular white enamel dial has two chapter rings. The larger at the top indicates the time and has Roman hour numeral with five-minute and minute divisions. The time is indicated by a fine pair of blued steel Breguet hands. The smaller is the alarm dial and has Arabic hour numerals, the alarm time being indicated by a small blued steel hand. The dial is signed in the following manner: A. Happacher in Wien.
The gilt brass case is partly delicately engraved depicting flower motifs. It is glazed on all sides so that the movement is almost entirely visible. It is surmounted by a shaped carrying handle. The top has a bevelled glass through which the escapement with its regulation is visible. In front of this window is the repetition button. The back panel has holes with shutters for winding, as well as setting the time and the alarm. On the top right-hand side is a slide to switch off the striking.
The red leather covered wooden travelling case contains the original winding key at the bottom.
Duration 2 days
Height 14.5 cm
Width 9 cm
Depth 6.5 cm
J. Abeler, Meister der Uhrmacherkunst, Wuppertal, 2010, p. 218.
Anton Happacher was active as a clockmaker in Vienna. He became master in 1843 and died 6 March 1853.