TRAVELLING CLOCK Leroy & Fils, H.gers de la Marine, Palais Royal Ca. 1830
Signed: Leroy & Fils,
H.gers de la Marine, Palais Royal, 13 & 15 Gal.ie Montpensier Paris
211 Regent Street London No. 44135
The day-going spring-driven movement has a going train and striking on demand. The going train has cylinder escapement with hairspring balance and regulation. The quarter striking repeat indicates the hours and the quarters on a gong. In addition, the clock has an alarm
The silvered brass dial plate has a main dial and three subsidiary dials. The main chapter ring has Roman hour numerals with Arabic five-minute and minute divisions. The three dials beneath this ring indicate the day (left), the alarm time (middle) and the date (right). To the left is a thermometer with a register in Réamur and to the right a thermometer with a register in Fahrenheit. All hands are made of blued-steel. There is a moon-phase aperture in the arch. The maker has signed the dial under the subsidiary dials Leroy & Fils, H.gers de la Marine, Palais Royal, 13 & 15 Gal.ie Montpensier Paris. The dial is protected by glass.
The firegilt brass case has a shaped trefoil top and is surmounted by a suspension eye, behind which there is a button to activate the repeat striking. There is a hinged strut at the back to position the clock on a surface, as well as the winding holes and a regulation aperture with shutter. To indicate the direction of the adjustment the letters A and R (for Avance – faster and Retard – slower) are marked. In the middle is a hole marked ‘aiguilles’ (‘hands’) to set the clock. The maker has also signed the clock on the back: Leroy & Fils H’ger de la Marine Palais Royal 1313 & 15 Gal.ie Montpensier Paris 211 Regent Street London No. 44135
Duration 8 days
Height 17.8 cm
Width 10.5 cm
Depth 3 cm
Literature: Tardy, Dictionnaire des Horlogers Français; Paris, 1971.