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The backplate is stamped with the trademark of the Parisian horlogers Henri Jacot, a parrot on a perch, along with the serial number 17765 giving a date of manufacture of 1906. The inside of the plates are stamped with the Jacot oval showing the award of a bronze medal at the Paris Exposition of 1855; another at the London Exhibition of 1862; and silver medals at both the 1867 & 1878 Paris Expositions along with the gold in 1889.
The white enamel dial has baton five minute markings; typical Jacot inner ring and blued steel spade hands, all as seen on Jacot clocks at this period. It comes complete with the original numbered travelling box.
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 maker's of carriage clocks in the Victorian period. He is first recorded working in Paris from 1820, at Rue de Montmorency, 25 sometime before 1854, before being renumbered in 1860 as number thirty-one. 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 Juliens' 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 living at Montmorency, 31. Albert and his wife had a daughter, Adele-Albertine, the following year when they are recorded as living at thirty-one. They won many medals at exhibitions in both Paris and London including the Gold medal in 1900.
|Height||5.50 inch||(13.97 cm)|