TABLE REGULATOR Lépine Janvier 1786 France
Signed: J. Antoine Lépine H.ger du Roy AParis No 4498
Date on spring: Janvier 1786 Monginot
The brass-plated movement has a pin-wheel escapement with compensation pendulum. The striking train with count wheel strikes every hour (full hours) and half hour (once) on a bell. The movement has a central date- and seconds indication. The going and striking trains are driven by a barrel. One barrel is signed and dated by the springmaker Janvier1786 Monginot. On the back plate the signature J. Antoine Lepine h.ger du Roy AParis No. 4498 engraved.
Round, white enameled dial with black enameled Roman numerals. The outer chapter ring indicates minutes. Five minutes are indicated in Arabic numerals, all other minutes are indicated with. The ring with the red numerals is indicating the date. The next chaptering with Roman numerals is indicating the hours. The inner ring is indicating the day and with the back of this hand the corresponding sign of the day is indicated. The two winding holes are placed in the center near the IIII and the VIII. In the center is the signature Lépine H.ger du Roi. The fire gilded hands for the minutes and hours are pierced and engraved with symmetric motives. The straight seconds hand and date hands are made of blued steel. The dial is surrounded by a fire-gilt ring.
The case is veneered with mahogany and has glass on four sides as well as on the top. The case has gilt brass ornaments and has four gilt brass feet.
Duration 1 week
Height 47,5 cm.
Width 28 cm.
Depth 21 cm.
Tardy, Dictionnaire des Horlogers Français, page 386 and 470.
Jean Antoine Lépine
Jean-Antoine Lépine (L’Pine, LePine, Lepine, L’Epine), was a revolutionary and inventive French watch and clockmaker, who contributed with crucial inventions for watchmaking still used nowadays. He was amongst the finest French watchmakers, who were years ahead of every other country in this respect.
Claude Monginot was spring maker in Paris. Around 1784 he was working at Rue de la Harpe. He died around 1796.