Antique repeater carriage clock by Couaillet retailed by James Crichton & Co Edinburgh
A brief history on carriage clocks:
Carriage clocks are also known as â€śOfficerâ€™s clocksâ€ť and was developed in France in the early 19th century by the famous and arguably the most important and influential clock maker, Abraham-Louis Breguet. Story has it that they were originally designed for the Emperor Napoleon in 1812, and what makes carriage clocks different to other clocks especially at that time, is that they held a spring driven movement within its casing allowing them to be easily transported. The robust nature of the design gave carriage clocks a new level of practicality, as they were portable all the while keeping their accuracy.
Carriage clocks often have decorative handles and either porcelain, enamel or glass panels, and when glass allows viewing of the movements within.
The handles were not just there for aesthetics, as they were an important feature of the clock, making them suitable for transporting around outside the house.
Often fitted in brass cases which once restored brings them back to their former glory, the glass often had beveled edges giving it a further attractive look and style to it.
The carriage clock was designed specifically to meet the need for a more portable and durable clock, which wouldnâ€™t be damaged while being moved and taken quite literally in carriages that were rolling over cobblestone roads. These clock were built to last and have stood the test of time, with many examples still remaining in wonderful condition today.
Just as popular today as when they were made, carriage clocks have that unique ability over other antique clocks of being able to fit into any room thanks to a style and design that doesnâ€™t give it a dated look or feel to it.
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