previous arrow
next arrow
previous arrownext arrow
Slider

A unique early ninetieth-century travelling clock

Signed French Royal Exchange LONDON.

Price Enquiry

Follow Us

A unique early ninetieth century travelling clock, signed French Royal Exchange LONDON.

A unique early ninetieth century travelling clock signed on both the silvered dial and the backplate French Royal Exchange LONDON.

The small ebonised rectangular case has a circular silvered dial to the front, protected by a convex glass set in an engine-turned gilt brass bezel. There are red silk-back arched gilt brass sound frets to the sides, while the backdoor has an elaborately pierced similarly backed gilt brass panel. The case is surmounted by a countersunk gilt brass carrying handle and the clock rests on four gilt brass engine-turned feet.

The fine circular silvered brass dial has a Roman chapter-ring, surrounded by a minute track with five-minute divisions. There is an Arabic brass alarm disc in the middle, behind a fine pair of blued steel hands. At the top is a strike/silent lever S/N.
The eight-day twin fusee plated brass movement consists of going and striking trains, as well as an alarm. The going train has a most unusual construction. The centre arbor protrudes through the backplate and engages with an extremely fine gilt brass watch-like sub-movement mounted with two screws and positioning pins on the backplate. It has lever escapement with a fine jewelled hairspring balance and regulation on a silver graduated segment. The striking is regulated by a rack and snail system and sounds the hours on a bell. In addition, the movement has pull quarter repeat on two bells differing in pitch. Finally, the clock has an alarm activated by pulling a cord, the alarm time being indicated by the tail of the hour hand on the alarm disc.

The whole can be put in a fine brass bound mahogany travelling case, the bottom having a semi-circular cut-out to facilitate removing the clock from the case. It is surmounted by a shaped brass carrying handle.

Note: Given the quality of the clock, particularly of the travelling case, the clock could have been for campaigns as an officer’s clock.

The maker, French, was a clock and watchmaker at Royal Exchange. Loomes gives the dates 1810-1911.

Condition

Superb original condition throughout

Dimensions

H 22 cm x W 18 cm x D 10.5 cm

Provenance

Private collection Belgium

PREVIOUSLY SOLD

YOU MAY ALSO LIKE

A George III Giltwood Mirror in the Manner of Thomas Johnson

A George III Giltwood Mirror in the Manner of Thomas Johnson

A George III Giltwood Mirror in the Manner of Thomas Johnson circa 1760 £9,700 Follow UsinstagramA George III Giltwood Mirror in the Manner of Thomas Johnson An early George III carved giltwood mirror in the manner of Thomas Johnson, circa...

A George III Giltwood Mirror in the Manner of Thomas Johnson

A George III Giltwood Mirror in the Manner of Thomas Johnson

A George III Giltwood Mirror in the Manner of Thomas Johnson circa 1760 £9,700 Follow UsinstagramA George III Giltwood Mirror in the Manner of Thomas Johnson An early George III carved giltwood mirror in the manner of Thomas Johnson, circa...

Pin It on Pinterest