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The eight-day duration movement strikes the hours on a gong and the quarters and hour at each quarter on two gongs, with a lever to the underside of the base to allow for full striking, striking or silent, alongside a further lever for adjusting the moon. The original silvered platform lever escapement is stamped with the initials HC for Henri Capt with the name Henri Capt, Geneve repeated to both the backplate and dial. The movement is stamped to the backplate with the Drocourt trademark and serial number 19008, whilst the inside of the plates are stamped with the Drocourt poincon.
The angled case has fluted columns to the four corners with a matching handle, a style favoured by Alfred Drocourt.
Movement in restoration at present
Having spent some years researching the lives and clocks of Henri Jacot and his family, I am now doing the same for Drocourt with the aim of a combined book on the two. To that end I am able to offer some previously unknown details.
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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