OFFICER’S CLOCK Le Roy & Fils circa 1790 Switzerland
Signed: Le Roy & Fils
Spring-driven circular plated brass movement with going and striking trains, as well as alarm. The going train has verge escapement with hairspring balance and regulation. The Het ’grande sonnerie’ striking indicates on every quarter hour the hours fully and the quarters with a double stroke on two bells. It can be repeated by pulling a cord on the right hand side of the case. The alarm can be wound with the cord on the left.
The circular white enamel dial has a black Arabic chapter ring with Arabic quarter-hour, five minute and minute divisions. The maker has signed the clock on the dial in the following manner Le Roy & Fils. The time is indicated by a fine pair of pierced and engraved gilt brass hands. The straight, blued steel hand indicates the alarm time. The dial is protected by a convex glass set in a gilt brass bezel.
The gilt brass case is of classic shape. It has a pierced and silk backed door, which functions as a sound fret. The case is surmounted by a carrying handle in the shape of a snake which eats its own tail, a so-called ouroboros, a symbol for eternity. There are four finials on the corners. The case is embellished with floral and leaf motifs and has cast female heads on both sides. There is a striking selector in the bottom plate. The clock rests on four claw feet.
Duration 1 day
Height 20 cm.
Width 12.5 cm.
Depth 9.5 cm.