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French mantel clock


Unique French mantel clock made with jewelled open Brocot escapement, c. 1870.

The unusual burl rosewood-veneered case of this clock is embellished with satinwood mouldings and inlays. It is surmounted with the movement, which is protected by a later perspex dust cover.
The spring-driven eight-day consists of going and striking trains. The going train has a jewelled Brocot escapement which is mounted on the dial in gilt brass brackets, so that its operation is visible. It has a medium sized pendulum with regulation. The striking is controlled by an unusual rack system and indicates the hours fully and the half hours with one stroke on a bell mounted on the backplate.
The matt silvered dial is set in a gilt brass bezel. It has two chapter rings, the one on the right serves the time indication and has Roman hour, five-minute and minute divisions. The left one is a calendar showing the date indicated by a single gilt brass hand, the day indicated by a double-sided gilt-brass hand (in French), the opposite side indicating the deity of the day.
The clock has been restored and is in superb condition.

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