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Drocourt, Paris - A Signed Carriage Clock with Ivory Dial

An unusual decorative cast carriage clock reminiscent of the style made by Drocourt in their earlier years; the eight-day duration movement has a silvered platform lever escapement and strikes the hours and half-hours on a gong, with push button repeat of the last hour at will, the brass gong block stamped with the gong maker's initails 'A.D.', with the backplate stamped with the Drocourt trademark, the initials D.C. either side of clock within an oval, along with the serial number 31486 and an oval stating 'Paris Make'. The round ivory dial has black Arabic numerals and is signed for the retailer 'J.W. Benson, Ludgate Hill, London', with a decorative gilded cast mask and blued steel spade hands. The elaborate cast gilded brass case of floral decoration has 'dolphins' to the four base feet and 'swans' to the top four corners and has a matching handle. The use of this style of dial has been seen on a few other carriage clocks, most notably an example signed for Drocourt serial number 28978, with his address at the later 31 Rue Debelleyme, stock number 1383, and which will be appearing in the updated addenda to the 2014 Drocourt Exhibition Catalogue. J.W. Benson were in business from 1844 until 1973 and are recorded as working at 62 & 64 Ludgate Hill, London with a retail outlet at West End House, 25, Old Bond Street. An advert of theirs in the Illustrated London News of the 13th of December 1884 shows a printed view of their ‘Steam Room’ and ‘Mezanine’. They traded as J.W. Benson from 1856 until 1891 and then as a limited company. Height: 7 inches (17.75 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: £4,600.00

Ref: 1428

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Drocourt, Paris - A Decorative Carriage Clock with  an ivory Dial

An unusual decorative cast carriage clock reminiscent of the style made by Drocourt in their earlier years; the eight-day duration movement has a silvered platform lever escapement and strikes the hours and half-hours on a gong, with push button repeat of the last hour at will, the brass gong block stamped with the gong maker's initails 'A.D.', with the backplate stamped with the Drocourt trademark, the initials D.C. either side of clock within an oval, along with the serial number 31486 and an oval stating 'Paris Make'. The round ivory dial has black Arabic numerals and is signed for the retailer 'J.W. Benson, Ludgate Hill, London', with a decorative gilded cast mask and blued steel spade hands. The elaborate cast gilded brass case of floral decoration has 'dolphins' to the four base feet and 'swans' to the top four corners and has a matching handle. The use of this style of dial has been seen on a few other carriage clocks, most notably an example signed for Drocourt serial number 28978, with his address at the later 31 Rue Debelleyme, stock number 1383, and which will be appearing in the updated addenda to the 2014 Drocourt Exhibition Catalogue. J.W. Benson were in business from 1844 until 1973 and are recorded as working at 62 & 64 Ludgate Hill, London with a retail outlet at West End House, 25, Old Bond Street. An advert of theirs in the Illustrated London News of the 13th of December 1884 shows a printed view of their ‘Steam Room’ and ‘Mezanine’. They traded as J.W. Benson from 1856 until 1891 and then as a limited company. Height: 7 inches (17.75 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: £4,600.00

Ref: 1428

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