Drocourt were without a doubt one of the finest clock makers of 20th Century, and here is a truly spectacular carriage clock that will amaze you from every angle and side that you look at it, combined with some wonderful features not seen on standard carriage clocks.
This clock was made in the 1870's, and Drocourt became known the world over for producing extremely high grade carriage clocks, and this one certainly exemplifies this. To begin with, the dial and side panels are all painted with the most gorgeous provincial landscapes, with the floral work as well on the front makes this such an eye catching carriage clock.
And then there is the base that it stands on. This magnificent addition is completely original to the clock and so rarely seen. Quite literally elevating the clock, it also takes the whole aesthetics of this clock to a new level. The clock itself measures 12.5cm (or 16.5cm to the top of the handle) by 8cm wide by 7cm deep, and the base itself 5.5cm tall by 1.7cm wide by 10.5cm and like the clock itself, will have you admiring it each and every time that you lay eyes on it.
Then there is the clock mechanics itself. This is a repeater carriage clock, meaning that not only will it strike the hours and once at every half hour, but it will also strike the hours when the button at the top is pressed. And then if that wasn't enough, there is a small dial at the bottom to set as an alarm which will strike when the time is set.
With the 8-day movement in full working order and complete with our twelve month warranty, this is one of the most spectacular antique carriage clocks ever to be found, and is sure to become a much treasured family heirloom.
Drocourt repeater carriage clock
Antique Drocourt repeater carriage clock
A brief history on Drocourt.
Father and son, Pierre and Alfred Drocourt were known as one of the finest maker’s of carriage clocks during the Victorian era. They had their workshop at Saint-Nicolas-d’Ailermont. At the time, this was the most important town for the manufacture of carriage clocks.
They made such high end movements with the majority of their clocks being used in the world's top retailers of the era.
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.
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