AN ENGRAVED CORNICHE CASED QUARTER STRIKING CARRIAGE CLOCK WITH ALARM AND DATE. CIRCA 1880.
An attractive engraved case carriage clock with unusual feature of the quarter striking work mounted and fully visible on the backplate through the glass rear door. The clock strikes the quarters on bells mounted in the base of the clock. The engraved corniche case has sparse engraving to the base, top and pillars and the enamel dial has two subsidiary dials below the main dial for date and alarm.
The movement of this clock is extremely unusual and almost identical to a style favoured by Victorien Boseet. A clock with similar grande sonnerie striking mechanism is shown on page 223 of Derek Roberts "Carriage & Other Travelling Clocks" book. All of the mechanism for the quarter striking is mounted on the backplate and is fully visible through the rear glass door. The three hammers and two bells are mounted on the base of the case and the lever for strike, grande sonnerie striking and petite sonnerie striking is mounted on the backplate. The club tooth lever escapement with silvered platform is mounted in a cutout on the top of the plates and visible through the top glass panel.
Similar rear mounted strikework has been seen on clocks by Achille Brocot, but this clock does not have his trademark stamped on it.
Height to base of handle: 6" (15 cms.)