HUMP BACK E. Fitt, Paris Circa 1870 France
CARRIAGE CLOCK, a so-called ‘HUMP BACK’
Signed E. Fitt Hger de la Marine de L’Etat Fg St Honoré 48, Paris
The spring-driven brass movement has a going train only. It has a platform lever escapement with balance, hairspring and regulation.
The clock has a circular enamel dial with a black Roman chapter ring with five-minute and minute divisions. The time is indicated by a pair of blued-steel hands. The maker has signed the dial in the middle E. FITT HGER DE LA MARINE DE L’ETAT FG ST HONORÉ 48, PARIS.
The arched brass case is covered with black leather and has silver fittings. It rests on four flat silver bun feet. There are two silver strips mounted across the case, whilst the clock can be carried by a silver chain. The dial is protected by a circular glass set in a beaded bezel. The back has two apertures, one for setting the hands, the other for winding the clock. The holes have shutters to protect the movement from dust. These shutters are operated simultaneously by a slide. The clock can also be regulated by another slide at the back. The top is marked by the following stamp ‘Deposé’.
Duration: 1 week
Height 10 cm.
Width 6 cm.
Depth 3.5 cm.
– Brian Loomes, Watchmakers and Clockmakers of the World, London, 2006, p. 480
-Tardy, Dictionnaire des Horlogers Français, Paris, 1971, p. 229.
Eduard Fitt was active as a clockmaker in the Rue du Faubourg-Saint Honoré, Paris around 1860.