STRIKING ‘HUMP BACK’ TRAVELLING CLOCK Ca. 1870 France
STRIKING ‘HUMP BACK’ TRAVELLING CLOCK
with original leather travelling case
The eight-day spring-driven movement consists of going and striking trains. The going train has a lever escapement with hairspring balance and regulation on a platform. The petite sonnerie striking indicates the hours and the quarters.
The clock has a circular silver dial, the centre of which is elaborately engraved, depicting floral and leaf motifs, as well as a bird. The black Roman chapter ring with five-minute (lozenge) and minute divisions. The time is indicated by a pair of blued steel hands.
The arched brass case is covered by green shagreen with gilt-brass fittings and rests on four round flat brass feet. The dial is protected by a circular facetted glass, set in a engine-turned bezel. The back of the case has three circular apertures, one for setting the hands, the other two for winding the clock. The apertures have shutters, operated by a slide, to protect the movement against dust. There is also a slide at the top to regulate the movement. The front is embellished by a pierced silver monogram: G.R. Finally, there is a slide to the side to switch the striking on or off, with the indications Silence and Strike.
The dark brown travelling case has a dark pink silk lining. There is a recess in the bottom to accommodate the original winding key. The whole can be opened from the front via two doors with a delicate clasp.
Duration 1 week
Height: 10 cm.
Width: 6 cm.
Depth: 3.5 cm.
*Price € 16500
Dimensions travelling case: 14 x 10 x 7.5 cm.
Literature on humpbacks
-Derek Robert, Carriage and other Travelling Clocks, e.g. p. 325.