French Fusee Drum Clock with dual plane escapement


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Object Description

A fine and rare French fusee brass carriage timepiece by R.E.D. No. 99F, dated c. 1880.

The circular drum-shaped case has half-baluster pillars to the glazed band which allows sight of the movement from all sides. The case is surmounted by a ring handle and resting on toupie feet.

The 8-day movement has circular plates, chain fusee with only 10 turns, and a rare dual plane escapement with bimetallic compensated balance and silvered platform. The escape wheel is acting in the vertical plane, the pallets operate in the horizontal plane – the practical effect of this is that it is acting like a pin-wheel escapement. The backplate is stamped R.E.D. BREVETÉ PARIS 99F.

The perfect 3-inch white enamel Roman dial has blued steel spade hands.

Object Literature

There is detail of this clock on page 213 in Allix and Bonnert’s book, Carriage Clocks, their history and development.

Object Condition

Overhauled and guaranteed for 3 years.

Object Details

Dealer Opening Times

By appointment only.

Dealer Contact

+44 (0)1935 713333

Dealer Location

Bank Farm,
Lower Odcombe,
BA22 8TY

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