Carriage clocks


Circa 1750

The day-going, spring-driven movement of this exceptional travelling clock has going, striking and alarm trains. The going train has a fusee and verge escapement with balance, hairspring and regulation. The striking indicates the hours fully on a bell. It is controlled by a rack-and-snail system. In addition the hour last struck can be repeated at all times by pulling a chord (trip repeat). The movement is wound from the back.

The engraved brass dial plate is arched and shaped at the top and has a pewter Roman chapter ring, with half-hour, Arabic five-minute and minute divisions. The time is indicated by a fine pair of pierced and engraved firegilt-brass hands. There is an Arabic silvered brass alarm behind the hands in a gilt brass surround to set the alarm. The alarm time is indicated by the tail of the hour hand. The subsidiary dial in the arch, which has a blued-steel hand, can be used for regulating the going train. The engraving around the dial depict scroll motifs and below a scene with a man and a woman.

The gilt-brass case has glazed windows to the sides around which scroll motifs are engraved. The back shows three asymmetrical situated winding holes for the three trains. The top of the clock is surmounted by a ring-shaped carrying handle. The repeat button is situated on the top right corner of the case, whereas the bell is attached to the bottom of the case. The clock rests on four engraved feet. In addition, it has its original leather-covered travelling case.

Travelling case
The wooden travelling case of the travelling clock is covered with thin leather. There is an aperture in the front with a convex glass, so that the dial is visible. The repeat button can be reached by opening a cover on the right-hand side corner. The case is embellished all around by gilt impressions in various shapes

Duration 24 hours.

Height 16.5 cm
Width 9 cm
Depth: 6.5 cm.

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