’KEYHOLE’ SKELETON MANTEL CLOCK with remontoir Ca. 1830 France
‘KEYHOLE’ SKELETON MANTEL CLOCK WITH REMONTOIR
This stunning gilt-brass skeleton mantel clock has an eight-day spring-driven movement with going and striking trains. The going train has pin-wheel escapement and a short pendulum with knife-edge suspension. The striking train is regulated by an internal countwheel and indicates the hours fully and the half-hours with a single stroke on a bell, situated below the movement. It is driven by the going train via a remontoir system.
The annular enamelled dial of this keyhole skeleton mantel clock has an Arabic chapter ring, with Arabic quarter-hour, five-minute and minute divisions. The chapter ring has engine-turned gilt brass rings on both the inside and the outside. The time is indicated by a pair of blued-steel Breguet hands.
The gilt-brass ‘keyhole’ skeleton is situated on cone-shaped brass support, which in its turn rests on an oval black-marble base with four gilt-brass bun feet.
Duration 8 days
Height 44 cm
Width 22.5 cm
Depth 8.5 cm.
– Derek Roberts, Continental and American Skeleton Clocks, West Chester, 1989, p. 90.
– F.B. Royer Collard, Skeleton Clocks, London, 1977, pp. 80-81.