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The eight day duration movement strikes the hours and half hours on a gong, with a repeat button to the top, and has a typical platform lever escapement as fitted by Jacot and is numbered by the escapement maker 9521 on the underside. The gong block is stamped with the initials F.D. being those of the gong maker as used by Jacot in the earlier years. The backplate is stamped with the Henri Jacot trademark, an African grey parrot, known as a jacot, sitting on a perch, along with the serial number 5344, which gives a date of manufacture of 1884. The inside of the frontplate is stamped with the hidden poincon giving the last date of an exposition award as silver at Paris in 1878.
The bamboo style case is fully gilded and has a fluted handle, in a form that was also used by Drocourt on their more 'English' style carriage clocks.
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 Jacots won various medals at numerous exhibitions in both Paris and London including the Gold medal in 1900.
I am at present finalising ten years of research into the numbering and styles of clocks manufactured by Jacot which is due for publication in the near future and will be an update to the Jacot exhibition catalogue available to view from my website.
I would be most interested to hear from anyone who has a Jacot carriage clock to add to the database.
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