SILVER MINIATURE CARRIAGE CLOCK Dreyfous Paris London New York Ca. 1900 France

Carriage clocks


Stamped on the case: Dreyfous Paris London New York
Imported by George Stockwell London
Circa 1900

The brass movement has a going train with a vertical Swiss lever escapement with adjustable hairspring balance. The winding for the movement and the hands are situated on the back plate.

The circular white enamel dial has a black Arabic chapter ring with five-minute and minute divisions. It is set in a silver engine-turned frontplate. The time is indicated by two blued steel hands. The dial is protected by a bevelled glass set in a silver bezel.

The rectangular engine-turned Sterling silver case has a silver and enamel border around the dial embellished by red and green motifs on a white background, whilst the four corners are decorated by red stones. The case can be opened at the back by a hinged door. The case bears various marks for import, among others, the date 1909 and the name of the importer George Stockwell. The case rests on four silver moulded feet.

Duration: 1 week.
Height: 7 cm.
Width: 4.5 cm.
Depth: 3 cm.

Stockwell & Company was founded in 1878 by Henry Stockwell, and in 1900 it obtained limited liability and the name was changed to Stockwell & Co Ltd. Henry was joined in the business by his nephew George Stockwell, who eventually headed the company based at 16 & 18 Finsbury Street, London.

In 1907, British law changed requiring imported gold and silver items to be hallmarked at a British hallmarking office. And so, we find the British import hallmarks on this clock.

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