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Drocourt triple date repeater carriage clock


Here is such a high grade antique carriage clock, that was not only made by one of the finest and more prestigious clock makers in the world, but has the addition of not just a repeater function, but a triple date calendar as well.

Carriage clocks not only have such an aesthetically attractive design to them, but were designed to be easily transported from place to place, all the while being able to still run and keep time.

Not only does this clock of course tell the time, but it also has a strike or chime function that will strike a charming "ding" for each hour, such as four time at 4 o'clock, as well one strike on each half hour. Furthermore, by pressing the button at the top, this will also strike what hour it is for example 5 times for 5:20.

Then to take this clock to another level and show what a high quality it is, at the bottom there are three smaller dials that from left to right, display the day, month and day. This is such a rare feature to find on a carriage clock and exemplifies just why Drocourt are regarded as one of the best clock makers of the 19th Century.

The clock was retailed by the English company JW Benson, London, and has their address on the white enamel dial, and with JW Benson themselves being a premier retailer of their time, this shows just how high the quality of this clock is.
Measuring 13.5cm high (or 17cm with the handle up)  by 9cm wide and 8cm deep, it also comes with its original box that adds to its charm even more.

The high grade lever escapement has been completely serviced by our clock maker, runs perfect and comes with our twelve month warranty, and along with the movement, the case has been cleaned and polished as well as being sealed so will stay looking beautiful for many years to come.

This antique carriage clock is not only aesthetically so pleasing to admire, but a true testament to the quality that still stands today.


Stock# ET1235cc

Circa: 1870

Maker: Drocourt (France)

Retailer: JW Benson  (England)



Drocourt triple date repeater carriage clock

Drocourt triple date repeater carriage clock made in the 1870's.


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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