A very well presented gorge-cased quarter-striking and repeating carriage clock with alarm. The clock was originally retailed by French of Royal Exchange, London. French were a highly respected firm of London clockmakers in the first half of the 19th century, who retailed only clocks of high quality.
The eight day movement strikes a petite sonnerie sequence – the quarters are struck on a pair of nested bells, the hours on one bell and depressing the button on the top of the case will repeat the last hour struck. The movement is numbered 454 to the backplate and the base. The original silvered platform is also numbered 454 and inscribed JS for Joseph Soldano. It is finely engraved Slow and Fast, with RETARD and AVANCE on the balance cock, the regulation arm protected by a arced bridge. The clock also has a alarm function which operates a separate hammer on the smaller bell. There is a further serial number 1611 on the backplate, from the supplier of the movement.
Joseph Soldano was awarded Bronze Medals for carriage clocks at the Paris Exhibitions of 1855 and 1878 . It was said, “The Exhibition of this establishment showed substantial progress in the art of case decoration. On show were a group of carriage clocks ornamented with great taste and originality. The finish of these movements was conventional, but the escapements appeared to us to have been treated with particular care. Several items merited the highest praise.” (Revue Chronométrique, 1880, p.70, report on 1878 Exhib.)
This clock displays both of these prized characteristics. In addition, the movement base has sound frets to allow the strike to resonate.
Allix & Bonnert point out that Soldano are particularly well known for the high quality of their escapements which where in all probability made in Geneva, Switzerland and were often stamped Soldano or just JS.
The white enamel dials are in excellent original condition, set within an engine-turned gilt mask. The dial is signed for the original retailer, FRENCH, ROYAL EXCHANGE, LONDON, the signature now rubbed.
The platform viewing glass in the top has a matching gilt mask. All glasses are beveled and in excellent condition, without chips.
Fine blued steel hands.
Overhauled and guaranteed for 3 years.