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Drocourt, Paris - A Signed Carriage Clock with Ivory Dial

A gilded cannalée carriage clock with interesting features. The eight-day duration movement strikes the hours and half- hours on a gong, with a push button repeat and has a silvered platform lever escapement, with the backplate stamped with the Drocourt trademark, the initials D.C. either side of a clock, along with the serial number 28978. The gong block is stamped with the gong makers initials A.D. A rarely seen feature on a clock by this maker is the alarm setting dial set to the lower portion of the backplate, and thus freeing up the dial where it would be expected to be situated. The unusual ivory dial has black Arabic numerals and decorative gilded brass hands. The centre is signed for the maker A. Drocourt, Fabricant, 28 Rue Debelleyme, Paris, and has a finely engraved floral filigree mask. The cannalée case has additional beaded moulding to the edges and a cast handle reminiscent of a style used previously by Drocourt and others. The top glass is finely etched with the original owners initials, whilst the rear brass door is engraved with a presentation to Anna New which reads: 13 Mai 1873 13 Mai 1898 Louis Georges Maurice Helene Therese Muller  a Anna New Interestingly the original leather travelling box is embossed to the inside of the lid with a gilded inscription as seen on other clocks from Drocourt, which gives the maker’s details as Drocourt, 31 Rue Debelleyme, Paris along with the award of the Hors Concours at the Paris Exposition of 1900. As with another example, grande-sonnerie serial number 19101 as detailed on the website under stock number 1417, according to my research this address wasn’t used until circa 1908 and contradicts that on the dial which states the long-standing 28 Rue Debelleyme premises. That this is the original travelling box is obvious by the mark left within by the handle. There is the other possibility that the clock was returned to Drocourt at some point after its original sale, maybe for repair, and was supplied with the box at that time. Height: 6 1/4 inches (16 cms): handle down: 7 1/2 inches (19 cms): handle up Please click on images to enlarge: Any additional images are shown below

Pierre and Alfred Drocourt

Pierre Drocourt, born 1819 & his son Alfred, born 1847, were one of the top maker's of carriage clocks in the mid to late Victorian period, having a factory at Saint-Nicolas-d'Aliermont, the most important town for carriage clock manufacture at the time, as well as premises in Paris at Rue Debelleyme 28; previously named Rue de Limoges prior to 1867, where he joined the well-known maker Blanpain. They made superb carriage clocks which were often decorative and were awarded numerous medals at exhibitions, such as the Bronze Medal at Paris 1867, the Silver at Paris 1878 and the gold at Paris in 1889. Alfred succeeded his father Pierre in circa 1871, with the latter’s retirement when he returned to his home village with his wife Marie and daughter Melanie. For further details on the Drocourt family and their clocks, see my 2014 Exhibition catalogue available to view from the catalogue section above, where there is a summary of my research.      

Price: On Application

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Drocourt, Paris - An Unusual Carriage Clock with a Significant Travelling Box

A gilded cannalée carriage clock with interesting features. The eight-day duration movement strikes the hours and half-hours on a gong, with a push button repeat and has a silvered platform lever escapement, with the backplate stamped with the Drocourt trademark, the initials D.C. either side of a clock, along with the serial number 28978. The gong block is stamped with the gong makers initials A.D. A rarely seen feature on a clock by this maker is the alarm setting dial set to the lower portion of the backplate, and thus freeing up the dial where it would be expected to be situated. The unusual ivory dial has black Arabic numerals and decorative gilded brass hands. The centre is signed for the maker A. Drocourt, Fabricant, 28 Rue Debelleyme, Paris, and has a finely engraved floral filigree mask. The cannalée case has additional beaded moulding to the edges and a cast handle reminiscent of a style used previously by Drocourt and others. The top glass is finely etched with the original owners initials, whilst the rear brass door is engraved with a presentation to Anna New which reads: 13 Mai 1873 13 Mai 1898 Louis Georges Maurice Helene Therese Muller  a Anna New Interestingly the original leather travelling box is embossed to the inside of the lid with a gilded inscription as seen on other clocks from Drocourt, which gives the maker’s details as Drocourt, 31 Rue Debelleyme, Paris along with the award of the Hors Concours at the Paris Exposition of 1900. As with another example, grande-sonnerie serial number 19101 as detailed on the website under stock number 1417, according to my research this address wasn’t used until circa 1908 and contradicts that on the dial which states the long-standing 28 Rue Debelleyme premises. That this is the original travelling box is obvious by the mark left within by the handle. There is the other possibility that the clock was returned to Drocourt at some point after its original sale, maybe for repair, and was supplied with the box at that time. Height: 6 1/4 inches (16 cms): handle down: 7 1/2 inches (19 cms): handle up Please click on images to enlarge: Any additional images are shown below

Pierre & Alfred Drocourt

Pierre Drocourt, born 1819 & his son Alfred, born 1847, were one of the top maker's of carriage clocks in the mid to late Victorian period, having a factory at Saint-Nicolas- d'Aliermont, the most important town for carriage clock manufacture at the time, as well as premises in Paris at Rue Debelleyme 28; previously named Rue de Limoges prior to 1867, where he joined the well-known maker Blanpain. They made superb carriage clocks which were often decorative and were awarded numerous medals at exhibitions, such as the Bronze Medal at Paris 1867, the Silver at Paris 1878 and the gold at Paris in 1889. Alfred succeeded his father Pierre in circa 1871, with the latter’s retirement when he returned to his home village with his wife Marie and daughter Melanie. For further details on the Drocourt family and their clocks, see my 2014 Exhibition catalogue available to view from the catalogue section above, where there is a summary of my research. 

Price: On Application

Ref: 1383

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