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BOURDIN

HOROLOGER DU ROI
PARIS
No. 4526
Date: c1850

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.

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WREGG


LONDON
No. 2004
Date: c1810

A very rare early nineteenth century Mail Guard’s watch contained within a brass-bound mahogany outer case with recessed handle to the top, the circular chain fusée movement with lever escapement signed WREGG London and numbered 2004 fitted into a circular brass case; the white enamel dial signed WREGG LONDON with blued steel hands.
Height: 3 ¾ inches (9.5cms)
Width: 3 ¾ inches (9.5cms)
Depth: 1 ½ inches (3.8 ccms)

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JAMES McCABE


ROYAL EXCHANGE
LONDON
No: 3506
Date: c1855

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)

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OUDIN


PALAIS ROYAL 52
PARIS
Date: c1870

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).

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LITTLEWORT


34 Cannon Street
LONDON
No. 12
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.

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CHARLES COÜET


PARIS
No. 4828
Date c:1850

An exceptional MONTH duration Empire style quarter striking carriage clock by this pupil of Breguet.

 

A fine and exceptionally rare month duration carriage clock.  The case of late Empire style has beautiful engraving to the top and to the edges of the rear door, and the other three glazed apertures.  It has fine reeded columns to each of the four corners and stands on a plain base with flat bun feet.  The base of the clock underneath has a well pierced sound fret.  The gilding is excellent.

    

The white enamel dial is signed for the maker ‘Coüet’ with Breguet style hands and a segment at the base of the dial showing the state of wind between 0 and 30 days.  The well-executed movement is signed on the backplate ‘Chles Coüet Eleve de Breguet, Paris’ and numbered 4828.  It is also stamped for the maker on the inside of the front plate.  It employs a fine chain fusée for the going train which has maintaining power, and an extremely large standing barrel for the strike.  It has a most unusual winding mechanism for the striking train with two meshing click wheels mounted on the backplate.  It strikes the quarters on two bells and repeats grande-sonnerie.  There is a strike silent lever on the top right of the backplate. The chronometer quality lever escapement is mounted on top of the plates with a large silvered platform and a blued steel helical spring.  The double split bi-metallic balance wheel has poising screws.  The finely finished strike work is all mounted behind the dial.  The clock is exceptionally heavy weighing some four kilos.

    

Height to base of handle: 6 ¼ inches  (16 cm.) Height to top of handle: 8 inches  (20 cm.)

 

The maker Charles Coüet was one of Breguet’s pupils and is noted as working for a long period between 1812 and 1867.  It is noted that he showed carriage clocks at the London Exhibition of 1862 and in 1867 he was noted as working from 5 Rue Faubourg Saint-Honore. 

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THOMAS COLE


LONDON
No. 1481
Date: c1857

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).

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DROCOURT


PARIS
No. 6196
Date: c1875
 

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.

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DROCOURT


PARIS
No. 17001
C.1880

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).