A fine, week-going, repeating French carriage clock, made c. 1880, in a classic corniche case. The case has windows on all sides which allows the movement to be seen. Under the handle there is an additional window that shows the silvered platform with English-type crabtooth escapement and cut bi-metallic balance wheel. The clock has a enamel dial, signed by the maker: A.H. RODANET PARIS, behind a front door. The back door gives access to the winding holes.
The week-going movement consists of a going and a striking train and is signed on its backplate A.H. RODANET PARIS.
The striking train indicates the hours fully and the quarters by a ting-tang stroke on two gongs (petite sonnerie). The last hour and quarter can be repeated at all times by pressing a button on top of the clock (grande sonnerie). In addition the clock has alarm, the alarm time being indicated by a blued steel hand on an auxiliary dial under the main chapter ring.
The maker: Antoine-Henri Rodanet was established at 36 rue Vivienne in 1870 and registered his trademark ‘Horlogerie de Paris’ in 1890. The firm participated in the Paris Universal Exhibitions of 1855 and 1867. In 1855, J. H. Rodanet showcased several ‘chronometers and horological tools’ (N°1846, 8° Cl.) and was awarded a First Class Medal. Antoine-Henri exhibited some ‘chronometers and watches’ (N°8, Groupe III – Classe 23) in 1867. He died in 1907. The firm was passed on to Doffe succ. De Margaine, then to Mme Sanselme around 1928, who married M. Michel in 1937.
Dimensions: H. 19 cm W. 9,5 cm D. 8,5 cm.
The clock is in excellent condition
Source: Tardy, Dictionnaire des horlogers Français p. 567
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