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DROCOURT


PARIS
No. 29239

A GIANT gorge cased carriage clock.

The glazed gilt-brass gorge case with folding handle; the two train going barrel movement sounding the hours and half hours on a gong with repeat facility having a large silvered platform lever escapement; the circular white dial with Arabic numerals and blued steel hands signed for J. W. BENSON, Ludgate Hill, London, set within a pierced and engraved gilt mask depicting a central urn and floral scrolls. Case height: 7 ¾ inches (19.75cms).

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PAYNE & CO


New Bond Street
London
Date: c1845

An exceptional English wooden cased carriage clock. The case, made of the finest coromandel wood, has exceptional figuring to the whole case including the back. It has a well cast and chased fire gilded handle with foliate swags to the side of the octagonal centre and to the base where they go into the lugs. The case itself has an opening front door with glass panels to the sides, the top and the back to view the movement and the escapement. It has an ogee shaped moulding below the dial with a small plinth and flattened bun feet in each of the four corners. The feet are adjustable.

The beautiful dial consists of a pierced and engraved gilded plate mounted over a polished and gilded backplate. The chapter ring, which is set into it, is of white enamel with Roman numerals. It has Breguet style hands and a beautifully engraved and gilded sight ring almost identical to a similar clock by Payne shown on page 343 of Derek Roberts’ book. The dial is signed on a cartouche above VI for the retailers ‘Payne & Co, New Bond Street’.

The eight day chain fuseé movement has a large gilded platform mounted on the top with a split bi-metallic balance with poising screws. It has a beautifully made adjusting lever which runs against an engraved sector visible on the backplate. The hand set and winding squares are both mounted on the backplate and the clock strikes the hours on a steel gong. The repeat button for the movement is mounted on the side of the case rather than on the top, a feature which it again shares with a carriage clock by Payne in Derek Roberts’ book. Height to base of handle: 10½? (27 cm.)

William Payne is recorded as working as a clock and watchmaker at 62 South Molton Street, London as early as 1816. He moved to 163 New Bond Street in 1825 where he is subsequently recorded at various times as being both a watch and clockmaker. From 1847-50 he is also listed at 62 New Bond Street but this address has been dropped by 1851. By 1906, still at the same address, the firm is described as Watch and Clockmakers, Jewellers, Diamond Merchants and Pedometer Makers; however it would seem likely that they were heavily involved in the retailing of clocks, watches, jewellery and silver at a much earlier date than this, possibly the 1850s. From 1912-15 they are shown at 165 New Bond Street. Further details can be found in:- Thomas Cole and Victorian Clockmaking by J B Hawkins, page 28. For a similar clock please see ‘Carriage & Other Travelling Clocks’ by Derek Roberts, page 343.

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DROCOURT



Paris
No. 14459
Date: c1890

An extremely attractive fully engraved cannellee cased carriage timepiece. The engraving of fine quality with good matting between the foliate and floral scrolls. The dial, with engraved and matted mask, has Roman numerals and Arabic outer minute numerals to the small enamel dial. It has very fine blued steel hands.

The eight day timepiece movement is stamped and numbered for the maker ‘Drocourt 14459’, as is the base of the clock. The fine quality silvered lever platform escapement with split bi-metallic balance wheel with poising screws. Height to base of handle: 3" (7.5 cm).

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BREITLING


Geneve Navitimer

Model 806 made c1966 on black leather strap with stainless steel buckle; movement just overhauled and the whole in very good order. £3,150.00.

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VICTORIEN BOSEET


(BOUSSET)

No. 618
Date: c1880

A rare complex grande-sonnerie carriage clock with fly-back calendar retailed by Tiffany & Co.

The gilt-brass Anglaise case with dentil mouldings, reeded columns and folding handle with reeded centre; the main white enamel dial, signed for Tiffany & Co, with Roman numerals and outside Arabic indications at five minute intervals with blued steel moon hands, the top two subsidiary enamel dials are for month and date and below are two silvered dials for the Fahrenheit thermometer and fly-back calendar and in the centre an alarm dial, all set within a gilt mask with leaf and scroll engraving. The highly complicated two train spring barrel movement is of the highest quality, having a silvered platform lever escapement with split bi-metallic balance and poising screws, sounding the hours and quarters on two gongs, with repeat button at the top of the case flanked by two further buttons for adjusting the moon and date with three position strike selection lever in the base, the backplate is marked VB and numbered 618; inside the rear door is a glass panel engraved with instructions on winding and hand setting etc.

Case height: 6 ½ inches (16cms).

The maker Victorien Boseet was not particularly prolific and few clocks by him are known.  There is speculation as to whether Victorien Boseet and Victorien Bousset are one and the same person, see page 433 of Carriage Clocks by Allix & Bonnert.  A bronze medal was won at the 1878 Paris Exhibition and the Review Chronometrique of June 1880 especially mentions Victorien Bousset as an important maker of very good and complicated carriage clocks.

Further reading – Examples of Boseet’s work can be found in Carriage & Other Travelling Clocks by Derek Roberts pages 222 & 223, Carriage Clocks by Allix & Bonnert pages 203 & 204 and A Century of Fine Carriage Clocks by Joseph Fanelli pages 112 and 113.

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THOMAS COLE


No. 1589
Date: c 1858

A rare gilt-brass and coromandel timepiece in the form of a mortar.

The barrel finely decorated with a martial trophy group comprising flags, canon, muskets, helmet and a drum. The removable muzzle fitted with a silvered cannon ball dial having Roman numerals and gilt spade hands. The eight-day duration going-barrel movement with lever escapement signed on the backplate Thos. Cole London. The back cover with shuttered access to the escapement, captive winder and hand set. The whole fitted to a moulded coromandel base. The case numbered 1589 to the underside of the barrel.

Height: 7 ½ inches high (19 cms). Note: This is of a smaller size than the previous example I had.

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JOSIAH EMERY


London
Date: c1780

A very fine and small table clock.

The ebonised arched-top case nicely warn and patinated with three brass bound pads to the top; brass reeded mouldings to the canted corners; brass edged glazed apertures to the sides and a brass moulding to the arched door; the brass banded pediment with ogee feet and above a conforming folding handle.
At the top of the arched dial a silvered cartouche signed Josiah Emery London with two subsidiary chapters for rise and fall and silent/strike selection, the chapter ring with Roman numerals and Arabic seconds at five minute intervals; the dial with matted centre, date and false pendulum apertures having leaf scroll spandrels. The two train fuseé movement driven by a pendulum with an engraved circular bob, sounding the hours on a bell with repeat cord and with verge escapement; the backplate well engraved with scrolls and flowers and fitted with a pendulum transit block.

Case height: 14 inches (35.5cms).

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DENT


Date: c1855

A good mid-nineteenth century gilt-brass timepiece.

The gilt-brass case with ball finials, bun feet and a scalloped engraved folding handle with inset side panels finely engraved with a floral design with exotic birds; the top panel with a geometric style inset with a leaf pattern and a floral border; the silvered dial finely florally engraved having Roman numerals and slim blued steel fleur de lys hands, signed at the top of the chapter DENT LONDON. The eight day duration fusée movement, signed DENT LONDON with lever escapement.

Case height: 4 ¼ inches (11 cms).

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THOMAS COLE


London
No. 669
Date: c1846

An unusual circular timepiece.

The gilt brass case with retractable hanging eye and folding strut support, signed on the rear for C.F. HANCOCK 39 Bruton Street London and numbered 669; the circular movement with lever escapement; the silvered dial with a cypher at the centre having Roman numerals and blued steel hands.

Diameter: 5 inches (12.75cms).