Drocourt, Paris: An Engraved Gorge Carriage Clock
A smaller than normal finely engraved Gorge carriage clock by Drocourt of Paris.
The eight-day duration movement strikes the hours and half-hour on a gong, with a repeat button to the top allowing the last hour to sound at will.
The silvered platform lever escapement is stamped to the underside P. The movement backplate is stamped with the serial number 10017 along with the wording Fast/Slow either side of the regulator index for adjusting the rate of timekeeping, the backplate stamped with the Drocourt trademark, the initials D.C. either side of a clock, with the inside of the plates stamped with the Drocourt trademark oval; the wording Drocourt, Paris, Fnt, (Fabricant or Maker) and the front of the frontplate stamped with the initials and serial number H.L. 19147, for the maker of the blanc roulant, Holingue frères, giving a date of manufacture of circa 1873.
The white enamel dial has black Roman hour numerals, Arabic outer five-minute numerals, diamonds and dots to the outer aspect, blued steel moon hands and a subsidiary alarm dial.
The gorge case has engraved floral decoration and a typical five-bail handle.
The rear of the dial is interesting as it has written in red ink Cannalée No.3, showing not only the size of the clock, but calling this style cannelée as opposed to what we now describe as gorge. This mix-up occurred in the early 1970s and my research suggests that the naming has indeed been mixed up, especially as I have now proven that Henri Jacot was the inventeur of the cannelée case, but he hardly ever used the style we now describe as this, preferring what we now call gorge.
Height: 5.5 inches (14cms) Handle up: 4.75 inches (12cms) handle down
For further details of Drocourt and Holingue frères see my 2014 Exhibition catalogue: Pierre & Alfred Drocourt: An Exhibition of Carriage Clocks, available via the Catalogues button above.