A high quality French large timepiece carriage clock by renown maker, Drocourt of Paris c1895. Pristine white enameled dial signed Goldsmiths Alliance Limited Cornhill London and serial number 29378 (also stamped on backplate and in movement). Elegantly proportioned brass case with cast handle. Bevelled panels and oval top window displaying its silvered, jewelled lever platform escapement. Black roman numerals and minute ring with blued steel hands. A timepiece single barrel movement with star wheel stop work (to prevent overwind). Backplate stamped with the Drocourt mark (D and C either-side of a clock within an oval) and serial number 29378. Supplied with double-ended brass key. Height is 12.25 cm excluding handle (16.5 cm with handle), width is 8.5 cm and depth 7.5 cm. Excellent time-keeper. Combination of maker and retailer making this a very desirable piece.
Fully cleaned and serviced but retaining its antique brass patina. The clock's movement is covered by a 6-month warranty in the UK.
Pierre & Alfred Drocourt were one of the top makers of carriage clocks in the mid to late Victorian period, having a factory at Saint-Nicolas-d’Ailermont in France, which was the most important town for carriage clock manufacture at the time. They also had premises in Paris at Rue Debelleyme 28 and Rue de Limoges. The son, Alfred Drocourt, succeeded his father Pierre Drocourt sometime in the 1870s. Pierre & Alfred Drocourt made superb carriage clocks that 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. For an overview of the development of the carriage clock visit our Maker's History pages.
French Carriage Clock by Drocourt Signed Goldsmiths Cornhill c1895
This clock is in excellent condition. No chips or cracks to the enamelled dial or beveled glass panels. No damage to the brass case which retains a lovely antique brass patina. Please see images as these form an important part of the description.