Louis Fernier: A Grande-sonnerie Gorge Carriage Clock
A grande-sonnerie carriage clock by Fernier of Paris and Besançon.
The eight-day duration movement has a silvered platform lever escapement and can be set to full grande-sonnerie strike on two gongs (both hours and quarters at each quarter); petite-sonnerie (quarter striking) or silent via a lever set within the base. The backplate is stamped with the Fernier trademark, the initials L.F. within an oval, and serial number 3486.
The white enamel dial has black Roman numerals, blued steel spade hands and has a subsidiary dial for alarm setting.
With a gilded gorge case.
Complete with numbered key and travelling box, the latter with a repair label from L. Leroy et Cie, Paris, who were near-neighbours of Fernier in Besançon as well as having premises in Paris.
Height: 18.5cms (handle up): 15cms (handle down)
Louis Fernier was not only a fine watch and clockmaker but also a highly regarded politician being the mayor of Besançon before joining the French National Assembly.
His brother Gustav, who took over the business after Louis death in 1879, was an excellent chronometer maker who was friendly with Leroy (as in L. Leroy et Cie) as they had workshops in the same street in Besançon and they competed against each other in various chronometer trials, with the results quite a fascinating read.
The son of Gustave, Maxime, was the third member to take on the running of the Fernier concern and was vice-president of the Chambre Syndicale and very much a part of the higher echelons of the Parisian and Besançon horological world, as well as a gold medal winner at the Paris Exposition of 1900 alongside both Drocourt, Jacot and Margaine.
I am undertaking further research into the Fernier family at present.