Here is such a beautiful antique carriage clock that has just been completely serviced, and not only runs perfectly, but looks spectacular.
Made by the French company Couaillet in the early 20th Century, not only does this tell the time, but it also has an alarm and is a repeater carriage clock.
With the most beautiful green on the dial which highlights the floral work so well, the dial displays traditional Roman numerals, and below that is the dial that can be set for the alarm.
With the glass panels showing the movement from the sides, back and top, the clock measures 11.5cm tall, or 15cm with the handle up, by 7.5cm wide by 7cm deep, and the 8-day movement has just been completely serviced, runs beautifully and comes with our twelve month warranty.
This is such an elegant carriage clock that will look perfect in any room or office.
Antique repeater and alarm carriage clock
Antique repeater and alarm carriage clock by Couaillet
What is a carriage clock?
A brief history on carriage clocks:
Carriage clocks are also known as “Officer’s clocks” and was developed in France in the early 19th century. Made 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. 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. They also often have glass side ant top panel to allow viewing of the movement.
The handles were not just there for aesthetics, as they were an important feature of the clock. They made 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. This wouldn’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 doesn’t give it a dated look or feel to it.
Where can I get my antique clock repaired?
At Kalmar Antiques in the Queen Victoria Building in Sydney. For over thirty five years, Kalmar Antiques have been repairing and restoring antique clocks, watches and pocket watches.
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