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The eight-day duration movement, with the original silvered platform lever escapement, strikes the hours and half hours on a gong, with the gong block stamped F.D., repeating the hour at will via the button to the top of the case. It is stamped on the backplate with the trademark of the clockmaker Drocourt, the initials 'D.C.' either side of a clock, and the serial number 16943, with the hidden trademark inside between the plates stamped 'Drocourt, Paris' within an oval. There is a further serial number stamped between the plates, 4267, being that of the clock itself, this number repeated in typical Drocourt style to the underside of the base in a distinctive font.
The gilded brass Corniche case is of better than average quality having double screws to hold each movement pillar and is also stamped with the serial number 16943 to the base. The white enamel dial has blued steel moon hands, black Roman hour numerals, with diamond and dot markings to the outer aspect, in the manner of dials for Jacot, and is signed to the centre with the retailers name 'Grohe, Pennington & Typke successors, Wigmore Street, London. 4267’ with a gilded 'sight' ring to the outer edge.
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 1866. 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 returning to his home village with his wife Marie and daughter Melanie.
|Height||5.50 inch||(13.97 cm)|