Drocourt, Paris: A Rare & Interesting Carriage Clock
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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. Also seen on another example, serial number 19101, 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: 6¼ inches (16cms): handle down: 7½ inches (19cms): handle up