CARRIAGE CLOCK numbered 2247 Ca. 1860 France
Made for the English market
numbered on the backplate 2247
The spring-driven, eight-day movement of this carriage clock is constructed between plates. It consists of going and striking trains. The going train has Swiss lever escapement with hairspring balance and regulation. It can be adjusted by a regulator pin which can be seen through the window in the top and is accessible through the back door. The striking indicates the hour fully and the half hours with a single stroke on a bell. In addition, there is a repeat button on the front, with which the hour last struck can be repeated. The backplate is inscribed in English to indicate the function of the square to set the time: Hands. The backplate is stamped with the number 2247.
The white enamel dial has a Roman chapter ring with five-minute and minute divisions. The time is indicated by a pair of finely cut blued-steel Breguet hands.
The engraved gilt-brass, so-called gorge case of this unusual and attractive carriage clock has facetted glass windows on all sides so that the movement is almost entirely visible. The silvered platform escapement can also be seen through an oval window in the top. The clock is surmounted by a shaped carrying handle. At the back is a door giving access to the winding arbors. The bottom cover has six circular sound apertures in a row and is engraved with the following text: F.G. Hailes From his affectionate Father 1st June 1860. The whole is situated on a shaped base with stylized winged mermaids on the corners, whose tails function as feet
Duration 1 week
Height 21.5 cm (including base and handle)
Width 12.5 cm
Depth 12 cm.