TRAVELLING CLOCK, Robert Ca. 1810 France
TRAVELLING CLOCK, a so-called CAPUCINE,
The spring-driven, eight day movement consists of going, striking and alarm trains. The going train of this travelling clock has a chain fusee and chronometer escapement with balance and regulation on a horizontal platform. On every quarter-hour the grande sonnerie striking train indicates the hours first, followed by the quarter-hours on two gongs. The clock also has trip repeat. The alarm is activated by pulling a chord, which winds a spring. The alarm train is set by a sweep central pointer on the chapter ring. The gongs are situated at the back, as well as the winding arbors and regulation.
The white enamel dial dominates the front and emphasises the clock’s function. The time is indicated by a pair of blued-steel Breguet hands on a black Arabic chapter ring with five-minute and minute divisions. There is also a blued-steel alarm hand and a counterbalanced central sweep seconds hand. The dial is signed by the maker above the 6: Robert. The dial is protected by a convex glass set in an engine-turned bezel.
The austere rectangular mahogany-veneered case has a slide at the back to access the movement. The clock is surmounted a gilt-brass carrying handle in the shape of two snakes with intertwined tails. Beneath the dial is a winding hole for the going train. There is a circular window set in an engine-turned surround, through which the escapement is visible. The clock stands on four gilt-brass claw feet.
Duration: 8 days
Height 25.5 cm
Width 15.5 cm
Depth 12 cm.
Tardy, Dictionnaire des Horlogers Français, Paris, 1971, pp. 556-561.