HOROLOGER DU ROI
A top quality French carriage clock.
The gilt-brass case having a shuttered rear door finely engraved with scrolls and signed BOURDIN, Hger Breveté , Rue de la Paix,28, PARIS; the white enamel dial with Roman numerals and a subsidiary seconds chapter at X11, signed BOURDIN, Her Bté, RUE DE LA PAIX 28, PARIS, with blued steel ‘Breguet’ hands and alarm chapter below. The eight-day spring barrel movement, sounding the hours and half hours on a bell, with repeat, surmounted by a fine silvered platform club tooth lever escapement.
Case height: 5 ¾ inches (13.6 cms).
A.E. Bourdin is recorded at 28 Rue de la Paix 1840-60. Paris Expositions: Bronze Medal 1844, Silver Medal 1855 and Bronze Medal 1867 for carriage clocks.
A FINE FRENCH CALENDAR GRANDE-SONNERIE
The gilt-brass ‘one piece’ case, with its original gilding, is finely engraved with a leaf and scroll pattern set with engraved side panels and panelled shuttered rear door and above an engraved tapering bar handle, the underside of the base with strike selection lever marked ‘clock’, ‘silent’, and ‘quarter’.
The white enamel dial with Roman numerals and blued steel moon hands set within an engraved dial mask and below three subsidiary dials for date, day and alarm and an aperture showing the month on a silvered rotating disc.
The substantial two train spring barrel movement sounding the hours and quarters on two gongs having a gilt platform lever escapement.
Complete with travelling case and winding key. This fine example was almost certainly was made by Henri Jacot; see ‘Carriage Clocks’ by Charles Allix, page 196.
Case height: 5 ½ inches (14cms).
Notes on movement:- When set to ‘clock’ it will sound the quarters only but at the hour it will strike 4 quarters plus the hour. When set to ‘quarters’ it will sound the quarters plus the hour at each quarter. It will always strike 4 quarters plus the hour at the hour. Quarters always sound first at all quarters. The month is a manual change.
The clock is unnumbered and unsigned and uniquely the rear door hinge is on the left.
A fine English Carriage Clock with travelling case and winding key.
The glazed gilt-brass case with shuttered rear door and folding handle; the silvered dial with Roman numerals and blued steel fleur de lys hands signed JAMES McCABE, LONDON, No. 3506; the eight-day duration two train chain fuseé movement, signed and numbered by the maker, sounding the hours on a gong, with repeat via a button, having a ratchet-tooth lever escapement with gilt platform and a bimetallic compensated balance with strike/silent selection lever at the rear. Together with green baize lined brass bound mahogany travelling case with sliding aperture and recessed brass carrying handle containing the original numbered winding key.
Case height: 6 ½ inches (16.5cms)
Height of travelling case: 8 inches (20cms)
PALAIS ROYAL 52
An unusual French carriage clock with ‘night time’ repeat on a gong.
The attractive florally engraved case showing exotic birds on the base with a similar theme on the side panels, with a shuttered rear door en suite; the white enamel dial having Roman numerals and blued steel moon hands with alarm set dial below, signed CHles OUDIN, PALAIS ROYAL 52; the two train spring barrel movement sounding the hours on a bell with plunge repeat on a gong via a separate movement signed Breguet, the alarm sounding on a bell in the base, with a gilt platform lever escapement. Complete with original black tooled leather travelling case with folding brass handle and latches.
Charles Oudin, élève de Breguet, is recorded at Palais National 1850; Palais Royal 1860.
Case height: 5 ½ inches (13.5cms).
34 Cannon Street
Date c: 1838
A fine and very rare Mail Guard’s watch made for the London and Birmingham Railway, which opened for traffic in 1838 and numbered 1823 for the railway, having a four-day duration chain fusée movement with lever escapement; the white enamel dial with Roman numerals and blued steel hands.
Height: 4 inches (10cms)
Width: 2 ¾ inches (7cms)
Depth: 1 ¼ inches (3.2 cms)
See Carriage Clocks Their History and development by Charles Allix, pages 31 and 32 for a similar example and a brief history of the Mail Guard’s watch.
La- Chaux-de-Fonds Switzerland
An exceptional chronometer grande-sonnerie carriage clock.
The glazed gilt-brass case, numbered 118, in the ‘Empire’ style having a dentil top moulding, fluted uprights, foliate cast door frames and a folding handle standing on bun feet. The white enamel dial with centre seconds and Roman numerals, with blued steel moon hands and below two subsidiary dials for alarm and date, set within a finely engraved gilt mask. The silence/sonnerie lever is situated under the base. The eight-day duration spring barrel movement, numbered 118, with grande-sonnerie night striking changing to petite-sonnerie day striking automatically, sounding the hours and quarters on two bells, with strike levers made from the finest Swiss steel mounted on the backplate. The SECONDS BEATING pivoted detent chronometer escapement having a fivearm steel balance with a gilt platform.
Case height 6 ½ inches (16cm).
See ‘Carriage Clocks their History and Development’ by Charles Allix, page 311 and ‘Carriage and other Travelling Clocks’ by Derek Roberts where on page 242 & 243 there is a similar example by Courvoisier.
An important difference present in this clock is the use of a central second hand, beating dead seconds; this may be unique, as all of the other Courvoisier clocks we are aware of with seconds display do so on a subsidiary second’s dial below X11. Although this clock is unsigned, the favourable comparison with the illustrated clocks supports our attribution.
Frederic Alexander Courvoisier, (1799 – 1854), was born at La Chaux de Fonds, Switzerland, into a family of watch and clock makers. He received his horological education from Charles Frederic Klentschi and Henri Maillardet, both of whom had worked for the Courvoisier firm. He eventually took on the commercial aspects of the family business, travelling extensively in Europe and the East in support of existing markets, and to establish new outlets for their products. He was politically active, and is probably best known for his participation in the peaceful revolution of March 1, 1848, as leader of the troops marching on the castle at Neuchatel to overthrow the existing government.
A very fine calendar strut timepiece.
The very well engraved gilt-brass case with ‘arch’ engraving to the front with hinged strut support, swivel foot and folding loop handle and captive winder to the rear; the florally engraved silvered dial with month calendar below and adjustable day column having Roman numerals and blued steel fleur de lys hands; the single train eight day duration spring barrel movement with lever escapement signed Thos. Cole London.
See ‘Thos. Cole & Victorian Clockmaking’ item 18 on page 78 for a similar example
Case height 5 inches (13cms).
The gorge case with finely painted cream enamel decoration depicting a leaf and floral pattern with dial mask en-suite; the white enamel dial with Roman numerals and blued steel moon hands; the two-train spring barrel movement numbered 6196 and signed DROCOURT on the inside of the backplate, sounding the hours and half hours on a gong, with repeat facility, having a silvered platform lever escapement together with a Drocourt red leather travelling case of a slightly later date.
This style of case decoration is particularly unusual and seemingly only used by Drocourt, it is very rare to see an example with a cream ground, usually it is blue with white flowers. Case height: 5 inches (13cms). See ‘Carriage and other Travelling Clocks’ by Derek Roberts pages 194 and 204 for similar examples.
A rare GIANT porcelain panelled carriage clock.
The finely engraved gilt-brass gorge case mounted with top quality ‘bleu celeste’ porcelain side panels in the Sevres style depicting romantic scenes of maidens and putti with dial en suite signed for Henry Capt Geneve having Roman numerals and blued steel hands; the substantial two train spring barrel movement bearing the DROCOURT stamp and numbered 17001, sounding the hours on a gong, with repeat facility, surmounted by a large silvered platform lever escapement having a bi-metalic balance wheel with compensation and poising screws.
Case height: 8 inches (19.6cms).
With handle up: 10 inches (24.5cms).