GRANDE SONNERIE CARRIAGE CLOCK Cheminant Paris No. 358 Ca. 1860 France

Carriage clocks


Signed: Cheminant Paris No. 358
Circa 1860

The spring-driven brass plated movement consists of going and striking trains, as well as alarm. The going train has an anchor escapement on a platform with regulation. The striking can be set for ‘Grande Sonnerie’, ‘Petite Sonnerie’ or ‘Silence’. It has two gongs 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 signed and numbered Cheminant Paris No. 358, 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 dial is signed Cheminant Paris.

The gilt brass case has bevelled glass panels on all sides, so that the movement is almost entirely visible. The top also has a bevelled 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’ and five sounding holes.

Duration 1 week
Height 18 cm.
Width 10 cm.
Depth 8,5 cm.

Tardy, Dictionnaire des Horlogers Français, p. 127.

Cheminant worked in Paris, Rue Richelieu 1850 – 1880.


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