This is a pristine example of a newly regilded engraved carriage clock by a highly esteemed maker of the 1880s.
The gold-plated Cannelée-styled is engraved with a well defined floral pattern, the one piece handle one-way folding handle with a geometric pattern. The oval glass top and all four sides have perfect beveled glasses.
The 8-day movement strikes the hours and the tasing of the half hour. It repeats the last hour on depressing the button on the top of the case. The original silvered platform has an angled two-part bridge. The wheel crossings are all straight, and the gong black is signed F.D. It strikes on a coiled gong, giving a mellow sound, with a separate hammer for the alarm.
The perfect white enamel Roman dial has delicate steel moon-style hands. Below it is an alarm dial with Arabic numerals. Both are set into a gold-plated well-engraved mask.
The movement is typical of the work of Alfred Drocourt from this period. The backplate is stamped with Drocourt’s trademark, and with the serial number 10491. This number is repeated on case parts and the front-plate. Also on the front plate is the stamp for HL, and their serial number 19707. H.L. were the supplier of their blanc roulants, or unfinished movements, workshops later incorporated into Drocourt’s own.