Antique carriage clocks have such an aesthetically attractive design to them, that fascinate all who see them, from young to old, and here is an extremely high grade antique carriage clock that was made in France in the late 19th Century by one of the leading and well respected clockmakers of all time.
Not only capable of telling the time, this is also has a quarter repeater as well as an alarm function. This means that it will sound a beautiful strike on every quarter of the hour, at a quarter past, half past and quarter to the hour, as well as striking the hours, so seven delightful strikes at 7 o'clock.
This movement was made by Drocourt, who started as a father and son team and quickly established themselves as makers of the finest clock movements, with this one certainly being no exception. The quality of this movement is nothing short of spectacular, and even has the ability unlike most repeaters, to be easily silenced by sliding the bar under the clock to the silent position.
Retailed by the equally prestigious clock making and retailer company Le Roy & Fils, the dial which is still spotlessly clean and white, is signed "LeRoy & Fils 13 & 15 Palais-Royale, Paris 211 Regent Street, London". Although this writing is slightly worn, it adds to the character and prestige of this clock.
The brass case has been restored, polished and sealed and measures 12.5cm high (or 15cm with the handle up) by 8.5cm wide by 7.5cm deep, and fitted with its original beveled glass sides and tops, make it such an attractive and aesthetically pleasing clock that is suitable for any room or desk.
To add to the charm, the top glass panel has been monogrammed with two initials adding to the allure of this gorgeous carriage clock.
With the beautiful glass sides and top allowing you to see the movement in its entirety, the movement has been expertly restored and comes with our twelve month warranty.
In perfect condition this antique carriage clock is perfect from every angle that you view it, and is truly an example of high quality clock making at its finest.
Le Roy & Drocourt one piece strike repeat Alarm Carriage clock
Antique carriage Drocourt clock
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, 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 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.
A brief history on Le Roy & Fils
Le Roy et fils was founded in 1785 by Basile Charles le Roy (1765–1839) who produced high quality clocks. Making such a name for the company, it became the clockmaker to Napoleon I.
In 1854, under the name of "Le Roy and Son", their London store was opened at 296 Regent Street. Later the name was changed to "Le Roy and Fils". In 1885, their second shop was opened at 57 New Bond Street, London. The company became the only foreign clockmaker that held a British Royal Warrant holder to Queen Victoria.
This antique carriage Drocourt clock has been completely serviced and is in full working order.
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.
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A link to the Victoria and Albert Museum in London's page on antique carriage clocks: