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Henri Jacot, Paris: A Rare Period II Carriage Clock


A rare carriage clock with early HJ stamp for Henri Jacot and being an example that bridges the period between the Period II clocks, his death in 1868 and further commercialistion of the Henri Jacot business by his successor, his nephew Albert Jacot.

The eight-day duration movement strikes the hours and half-hours on a bell, with a push button repeat at will to the top and is fitted with a typical Jacot period II platform lever escapement with a frost-gilt finish and club-tooth escape wheel. The backplate is engraved with both the arrow stamp and design of the word Hands as used by Jacot and is numbered 798. The lower part of the backplate is signed in script for the retailer E & E Emanuel, By Appointment to the Queen, 3, The Hard, Portsea. The interesting part of the backplate are the initials HJ below the platform being an early mark for Henri Jacot and used before the more common HJ initials below a parrot on a perch, the latter a trademark that wasn't used until some years after the death of Henri. Other features of this earlier style of Jacot clock include the steel contrate-wheel cap with screw-thread depthing adjustment.

The white enamel dial has black Roman hour numerals, blued steel trefoil hands and is also signed to the centre for E & E. Emanuel, The Hard, Portsea. The rear of the dial is marked for the dial maker Étienne Valat, who was working at rue Montmorency 7, just a few doors from the Jacot Paris workshops.

The fluted gorge case retains traces of the original gilding.

Height:  inches (14cms): handle down:  6 inches (15cms): handle up


The movement is identical to others seen as signed for Henri Jacot during Period II, including number 489 made a few months prior to this example in the early 1850’s at his workshops in the centre of Saint-Nicolas-d’Aliermont, a town outside Dieppe famous for producing some of the finest clocks and movements of the period.

This example was made in the Henri Jacot workshops in Saint-Nicolas-d'Aliermont and has many features used by and unique to him further details of which can be found on reading my research reached via the Exhibition Catalogues link above where this particular example is discussed alongside known early Jacot clocks.

This clock was made by Henri Jacot before the business became more commercial in the late-1860s following his death and subsequent succession by his brother Julien and then nephew Albert Jacot, and was made in what I term Period II from when my research confirms that Henri Jacot had set-up his workshops in the town in 1853, quite probably in partnership with Louis Baveux.

E & E Emanuel were noted jewellers and retailers. A further carriage clock supplied to them by the Jacot/Baveux workshops is in the Royal Collection with a fine provenance having originally been on HMY Britannia (Royal Cutter Yacht) (1893-1936) and then subsequently on the yacht's successor, HMY Britannia, launched 1953 until 1985.

Captain Henry Bathurst was born at 83, Gloucester Place, Portman Square, London, on the 1st July, 1832, and was the only child of Lieut-Colonel Bathurst, Scots Fusilier Guards, and his wife, Emily Villebois, daughter of Henry Villebois, Esq., Marham, Norfolk. Captain Bathurst was educated at Sandhurst, and gazetted second lieutenant in the 23rd Royal Welsh Fusiliers on the 15th June, 1850; was promoted first lieutenant 21st November, 1851, and captain, December, 1854. He served in the Crimea, and was severely wounded in the right arm at the battle of the Alma. For this he received the Crimean medal and clasp (Alma), also the Turkish medal. In 1858 he was appointed A.D.G. to the present Marquis of Normanby, in Canada, and served in that capacity until 1860. From 1861 to 1871 he served in the auxiliary forces, when he retired from active service.

Captain Bathurst married Amy, fifth daughter of the late Bernard Granville, Esq., of Wellesbourne Hall, Warwick, by whom he had eight children; viz., four sons and four daughters. For some time he resided at Northcote, Teignmouth, and while there, in 1882, he became a member of the Association. In 1884 he took up his residence at Springhill, Frome, Somerset, and from that time to the beginning of his fatal illness be largely interested himself in the public life of the town. He was formerly a Poor Law Guardian, a member of the Local Board, and for some time a churchwarden of St. John's Church. During his residence at Frome he won the esteem of all classes; his sterling personal qualities endeared him to all with whom he came in contact, and he was deservedly beloved for his charitable disposition.

He died, after a protracted illness, on Sunday, the 5th September, 1886, at the age of 54 years.

Captain Henry Bathurst [Obituary]

Transcript Devon Association., 1887, Vol XIX, p.39.

The obituary was read at the Association’s July 1887 Plympton meeting. The Bathursts were considered county gentry with strong links to aristocracy. Captain Bathursts son, Henry Villebois Bathurst of Marham House, Downham Market, Norfolk, was connected by marriage to Viscount Glentworth, and Lord of the Manor of Old Hall and Westacre. (Michael Steer)

Price: On Application

Ref: 1434

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