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An exceptional and rare moonphase carriage clock. The gorge case is profusely engraved with fine quality engraving and still retains its original fire gilding.
The dials of the clock are enclosed within a fully engraved mask and the main dial is signed for the retailer ‘Rossel Fils Geneve’. The main dial has Roman numerals for the hours with outer Arabic numerals for the minutes. It has Breguet style hands and the moonphase is cut out above VI. The three subsidiary dials for days of the week, date and alarm are within conjoining apertures at the bottom of the mask.
The eight day grande sonnerie movement is of the finest quality. It is stamped for Drocourt and numbered 19757 on the backplate. There is a further Drocourt stamp inside the movement. It strikes the hours and the quarters on two gongs mounted on the backplate and there are hand setting arbors for the main dial, the days, the date and the alarm. The moonphase is set via a lever in the base of the clock where there is also the normal grande sonnerie, petite sonnerie and silence lever. The clock has a fine quality silvered platform lever escapement with split bi-metallic balance with poising screws.
Height to base of handle: 6″ (15 cm)
Pierre Drocourt and his son, Alfred, were amongst the finest carriage clock makers of their time. They were located at Rue Debelleyme 28 and Rue de Limoges in Paris. They also had workshops at Saint-Nicolas-d’Aliermont.
Pierre is recorded as exhibiting at the Great Exhibitions in the 1860s and Alfred 1880 and 1889. They were awarded a bronze medal at the Besançon Exhibition in 1860, an Honourable Mention in London 1862 and in Paris a bronze medal in 1867, silver in 1878 and gold in 1889. Alfred succeeded Pierre in 1880.
Their trademark, which can normally be found on the backplate, is a ‘D’ and a ‘C’ either side of a carriage clock within an oval. Further details can be found in ‘Carriage Clocks’ by Charles Allix and Peter Bonnert.