Drocourt, Paris: A Small Striking Silver Carriage Clock
A small silver cased carriage clock by Alfred Drocourt of Paris.
The eight-day duration movement has a platform lever escapement and, unusually for a small clock of this type which are generally fitted with timepiece only movements, strikes the hours and half-hours on a gong with a repeat via a button to the top. The backplate is stamped with the serial number 32724 along with the Drocourt trademark, the initials D.C. either side of a clock within an oval, which has oddly been stamped upside down.
The round white enamel dial has black Roman hour numerals, Arabic five-minute outer numerals and blued steel spade hands.
The decorative silver repoussé case has a shaped handle to the top, bun feet and is hallmarked for silver, London 1899 along with the stamped mark for the maker Frederick Bradford Macrea, the initials FBM within a shaped cartouche, who is recorded as working in Victoria Street, Westminster, London. He was manager of the Army & Navy Cooperative Society Ltd in Victoria Street with this mark used on their items, this particular design extant from 1889 until 1901.
Height: 4¾ inches (12 cms): handle up