A quality French corniche cased brass carriage clock by Richard & Co c1875. Elegantly proportioned brass case with cast shaped handle. Bevelled panels and rectangular top window displaying its original jewelled cylinder platform escapement. Black roman numerals on a white enamelled face with blued steel hands. An 8-day timepiece only movement. Backplate stamped with R&Co Made in Paris within an oval. Supplied with double-ended brass key. Height is 10.5 cm excluding handle (14 cm with handle), width is 7.5 cm and depth 6 cm. A lovely pre-1900 example.
Fully cleaned and serviced but retaining its antique brass patina. The clock's movement is covered by a 6-month warranty in the UK.
The parent firm, Richard et Cie was founded in Paris in 1848 (as Lemaitre & Bergnann), adding a London branch in 1857. In 1867 the branch became Richard & Co. of 24 Cannon Street, London. They advertised as offering “French clocks and carriage clocks (own make)” – going out of their way to stress “All Own Made Goods are of Guaranteed Quality and bear our Trade Mark”. Their full trademark comprises an R and C with entwined snakes in between, enclosed in