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The eight-day duration movement has the original silvered platform lever escapement and strikes the hours and half-hours on a gong, with a push button repeat at will to the top. The backplate is stamped with the Drocourt trademark, the initials D.C. either side of a clock within an oval, along with the serial number 31229, which gives a date of manufacture of circa 1900.
The white enamel dial has black Roman hour numerals, Arabic outer five-minute numerals, blued steel spade hands and is signed to the centre for the retailer J.W. Benson, Ludgate Hill, London, who themselves were fine clockmakers in the Victorian period. The dial has a gilded mask engraved with c-scroll and floral decoration and retains its' original warm gilding.
The gorge case is similarly engraved and has a typical Drocourt five-bail handle and oval glass to the top.
This style of case was generally used by the best makers and is considered the finest of the type used at this period having been designed in the early 1850s by Henri Jacot.
A mix-up in the last century has seen a swap in the names of case styles; when originally designed by Jacot this was known as a cannalée, whilst the cannalée was known as a gorge, but such is the common usage in modern times that we now describe this as gorge.
Pierre Drocourt, born 1819 & his son Alfred, born 1847, were one of the top maker's of carriage clocks in the mid to late Victorian period, having a factory at Saint-Nicolas-d'Ailermont, the most important town for carriage clock manufacture at the time, as well as premises in Paris at Rue Debelleyme 28; previously named Rue de Limoges prior to 1867, where he joined the well-known maker Blanpain. They made superb carriage clocks which were often decorative and were awarded numerous medals at exhibitions, such as the Bronze Medal at Paris 1867, the Silver at Paris 1878 and the gold at Paris in 1889. Alfred succeeded his father Pierre in circa 1871, with the latter’s retirement when he returned to his home village with his wife Marie and daughter Melanie.
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