Francois Arsène Margaine: A Miniature Corniche Carriage Clock
A miniature corniche carriage clock by the well-known Parisian maker Francois Arsène Margaine.
The eight-day duration, timepiece movement has the original platform lever escapement and is stamped on the backplate with the trademark of Margaine, a beehive with the initials AM either side along with the serial number 4055 and with the further initials C.V. within an oval, being those of Charles Valogne.
The white enamel dial has black Roman numerals and blued steel spade hands.
Height: 3½ inches (8.8cms)
For a comprehensive history of Margaine and his clock making business see Antiquarian Horology, the journal of the Antiquarian Horological Society, June 2014, pages 807 to 826 inclusive; The Horological World of Francois Arsène Margaine by Tom Wotruba.
Francois Arsène Margaine was a fine carriage clock maker who worked in Paris at rue Bondy, 54 having had various addresses in the city. He bought his blancs roulants from both Saint Nicolas d'Aliermont and the Franche Comté.