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Spectacular 19th Century French Carriage Clock


Antique French Carriage Clock
Circa 1880
With Original Wood/letaher case

Brass-and-glass carriage clock of Paris origin circa 1880s. It features a high-grade time/strike/repeater/alarm movement. The case style is referred to as "Gorge".

The enamel dial has a small chapter ring beneath the center post with a small single hand to set the alarm activation feature. A button on the top-front of the case is pressed to activate, on the gong, a "repeat" of the last-hour.

The clock runs a week on a single winding and strikes the hours and the half-hours. All four side-glasses and the (oval) top-glass are beveled and all original to the clock.

The only thing not original in the clock are 4 teeth on the winding-barrel of the alarm train. Sometime in the past it "skipped"a tooth, and bent-over the 3 adjacent teeth. Mr. Richard Ketchen, arguably the finest clock mechanism restorer in the country, replaced the 4 damaged teeth for me. I have a pretty good eye for such things and I can't find them! It was also dis-assembled, overhauled, and cleaned and oiled during the same period of 2000.

It's winding-key is the only key I've ever seen with the clock serial number stamped on it! It's companion travel box is wood (much of the leather has worn off over the last 125 years) and velvet-lined. The hinged lid has a button which can be pressed to activate the repeater when the clock is in the box (in your carriage, of course!) The front of the box has a slide-up door which enables you to see the clock dial inside.

Clock was purchased from an elderly lady on the South Shore in 1999. She was somehow connected to the Studley family of Hanover . David Studley was a well-known clock maker in the late 18th, early 19th C.

The clock is a fine example of the best quality clock making in Europe in the heyday of the French clock industry. A Exceptional Time Piece used in the horse and buggy carriage in the 1880's.

A Museum Quality Treasure!