A Giant Engraved Carriage Clock
A Giant Engraved Carriage Clock
A Giant Engraved Carriage Clock
A Giant Engraved Carriage Clock
A Giant Engraved Carriage Clock

PIERRE & ALFRED DROCOURT (worked 1853-1906)

A Giant Engraved Carriage Clock

c. 1868 Paris

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A quite stunning engraved giant gilded corniche carriage clock signed for Drocourt; the eight-day duration movement has a lever escapement with an over-sized platform which is stamped to the underside with the escapement maker's serial number and initials FR 6737, and strikes the hours and half-hours on a gong with push-button repeat. The backplate is stamped with the Drocourt trademark, the initials DC either side of a clock, along with the serial number 6296, with the inside of the movement plates stamped H.L. 13034 for the maker of the blanc roulant, the rough movement supplied to Drocourt for finishing, being that of Holingue Freres of Saint Nicolas d'Aliermont.
The white enamel dial has black Roman hour numerals, blued steel spade hands and is signed at VI o'clock for the retailer D.C. Rait & Sons, Paris, being David Crichton Rait and his son, well known Glasgow jewellers & silversmiths first recorded as a partnership with an assay mark in 1880, Rait Snr having first been recorded with an assay mark in 1827. The rear of the dial is signed in ink with the monogramme of the peintre de cadrans, the dial maker, Adolphe Mojon who worked for both Drocourt and Jacot.
The corniche case is finely engraved with floral decoration which is repeated to the dial mask.
The serial number 6296 gives a date of manufacture of 1868.

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.

I have been researching the clocks and lives of the Drocourt family for some years; a summary of the work is available to view on my website following the link to the 2014 Exhibition Catalogue. I would be interested to hear about any Drocourt clocks, and those signed for Jacot, to add to my database.
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Dimensions
Height 8.50 inch (21.59 cm)
Stock Code
1358
Signed/Inscribed
DC for Drocourt; H.L. for Holingue Freres
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