A Carriage Clock with Unusual Dial
A Carriage Clock with Unusual Dial
A Carriage Clock with Unusual Dial
A Carriage Clock with Unusual Dial
A Carriage Clock with Unusual Dial

HENRI JACOT (worked from 1820-1920)

A Carriage Clock with Unusual Dial

c. 1883 Paris

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A fairly substantial carriage clock by Henri Jacot with an eight-day duration movement striking the hours and half-hours on a gong and with a push button repeat. The backplate is stamped with the Jacot trademark, an African grey parrot sat on a perch, along with the serial number 5238, with the gong block stamped F.D.
The original platform lever escapement is one of the earliest examples used by Jacot to have the crescent bridge as opposed to the two-piece and has the escapement maker's serial number, 9593, punched to the underside. The inside of the dial plate, along with the front plate, is stamped with the Jacot poinçon with the last exposition award winning date being 1878.
The cream coloured dial is unusual from this earlier period in Jacot manufacture in having Arabic numerals as opposed to Roman, set within gilt roundels and with a decorative feature to the centre, with spade hands of blued steel.
The gilded brass case is a variant on the Anglaise style with beaded corner mouldings and the Greek-key handle as seen on other carriage clocks of this era made by both Jacot and other top makers.
Complete with the original numbered key.

Following a number of years research I can now reveal that Henri-Louis Jacot Descombes was born in Fontaines, Switzerland in May 1797, the son of the horloger Daniel-Henri Guillaume Jacot-Descombes, and was one of the most innovative makers of carriage clocks in the Victorian period. He is first recorded working in Paris from 1820 at the previously unrecorded address of Rue de Montmorency, 25 before moving along the road to number thirty-one sometime before 1854. This was at the same time that his brother Julien describes himself as an horloger and is recorded as living in Paris, where they worked in the four floors above a jewellery shop run by Adolphe Charles. Henri-Louis Jacot died at nine o’clock in the evening of the 31st of July 1868 and was succeeded by his twenty-year old nephew, and Julien’s son, Albert, who continued under the Henri Jacot name with the help of his father. Albert married Louise-Desiree in 1873, with Julien recorded on the marriage certificate as being at Montmorency, 31. Albert and his wife had a daughter, Adele-Albertine, the following year when they themselves are now recorded as living at thirty-one. The Jacot family won medals at numerous exhibitions in both Paris and London including the Gold medal in 1900.

A summary of my research into the Henri Jacot carriage clock business can be seen in the exhibition catalogue available to view from my website.
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Henri Jacot, Carriage Clocks: Exhibition November 2013
Henri Jacot, Carriage Clocks: Exhibition catalogue November 2013
Height 7.25 inch (18.41 cm)
Stock Code
HJ; Jacot
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