GRANDE SONNERIE CARRIAGE CLOCK Ca. 1870 France
GRANDE SONNERIE CARRIAGE CLOCK
Grande sonnerie carriage clock with a spring-driven brass plated movement consists of going and striking trains, as well as alarm. The going train has an English lever escapement on a platform with regulation. The striking can be set for ‘Grande Sonnerie’, ‘Petite Sonnerie’ or ‘Silence’. It has two bells differing in pitch as well as repetition, which can be activated by pressing a button on top of the case. There are several arbors with squares on the backplate, which is numbered 1172, to wind the movement and set the hands and the alarm. The functions are clarified by French indications.
The rectangular white enamel dial has two chapter rings. The larger at the top indicates the time and has a Roman chapter ring with five minute and minute divisions. The time is indicated by a pair of very fine and delicate blued steel Breguet hands. The smaller chapter ring is for setting the alarm, the alarm time being indicated by a small straight blued steel pointer. It has Roman hour numerals and half-hour divisions.
The high quality, elaborately engraved firegilt brass case of this carriage clock has bevelled glass panels on all sides, so that the movement is almost entirely visible. The top also has a bevelled oval glass showing the platform escapement. The case is surmounted by a beautifully shaped carrying handle. At the bottom is a slide for setting the striking: ‘Grande Sonnerie’, ‘Petite Sonnerie’ or ‘Silence’. The case is numbered here as well: 1172.
Duration 1 week
Height 17.5 cm.
Width 10 cm.
Depth 8.5 cm.