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An extremely attractive fully engraved cannelee cased carriage timepiece. The engraving of fine quality with good matting between the foliate and floral scrolls.
The small enamel dial, with engraved and matted mask, has Roman numerals and Arabic outer minute numerals. It has very fine blued steel hands.
The eight day timepiece movement is stamped and numbered for the maker ‘Drocourt 14459’, as is the base of the clock. It has a fine quality silvered lever platform escapement with split bi-metallic balance wheel with poising screws.
Height to base of handle: 3″ (7.5 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.