CARRIAGE CLOCK WITH TRAVELLING CASE A. Happacher in Wien Ca. 1845 Austria
CARRIAGE CLOCK WITH TRAVELLING CASE
Signed: A. Happacher in Wien
The spring-driven movement consists of going and striking trains, as well as alarm. The going train has duplex escapement, hairspring balance and regulation on a silvered platform. The ‘grande sonnerie’ striking indicates the hours fully on a bell and the quarter hours followed by the hours on a gong and has repetition. The maker has signed the movement on the backplate with gracious letters: A. Happacher in Wien.
The rectangular white enamel dial has two chapter rings. The larger chapter ring at the top indicates the time and has Roman hour numerals with five-minute and minute divisions. The time is indicated by a pair of blued steel Breguet hands. The smaller chapter ring at the bottom for the alarm has Arabic numerals, the alarm time being indicated by a small blued steel pointer. The dial is signed as follows: A. Happacher in Wien.
The gilt brass case is delicately embellished with engraved floral and leaf motifs. It is glazed on all sides so that the movement is almost entirely visible. The top also has a glazed panel through which the platform escapement is visible. The top is surmounted by a shaped carrying handle and has a repetition button. The clock is wound from the back where the time and the alarm can also be set. There is a strike/non-strike button at the top right -hand side with which the striking can be switched on or off.
The clock can be put into a beautiful red leather travelling case for transport. The original winding key is situated in a recess in the bottom of the case.
Duration 2 days
Height 14.5 cm
Width 9 cm
Depth 6.5 cm
J. Abeler, Meister der Uhrmacherkunst, Wuppertal, 2010, p. 218.
Anton Happacher was active as a clockmaker in Vienna. He became master in 1843 and died 6 March 1853.