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    Default French brevete clock info needed

    I have this small Brevete french made clock that looks like a travel clock. I was hoping someone might have info on the type of clock it is and the time period its from. I'm not an expert but I couldnt find much information on this clock. Is it rare? The best part is it still works.
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    Default Re: French brevete clock info needed (RE: whitman75)

    Brevete basically means "Patented". Can't say much else, but it looks like a good clock.
    Justin A. Olson

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    Default Re: French brevete clock info needed (RE: chimeclockfan)

    Basically it's a French time/alarm that most likely was a bedside or vanity clock, generally classified under novelties. As CCF says, "Brevéte" means patented so will need some other info to see if a maker can be determined. There may be a logo stamped on the movement underneath the back cover. Also, I notice the alarm "on-off" lever seems to be missing. Based on the style of the case, dial, and numbers it appears to be 1920's-1930's vintage.

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    Default Re: French brevete clock info needed (RE: John Hubby)

    Here are some other markings on the clock. Brevete sgdg. Reveil. R.A.

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    Default Re: French brevete clock info needed (RE: whitman75)

    Whitman,

    Brevete S.G.D.G. means "sans garantie du gouvernement", actually
    saying that the government takes no responsibility to the patent being
    "new".
    "Reveil" means alarm clock and R + A are "retardé" and "avancé" for
    the "slower / faster" regulation of the movement.

    Jurgen

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    Default Re: French brevete clock info needed (RE: whitman75)

    Hello. You may want to search down the "Brevete a La Fontaine", "l'eveque" road. The two Montigny brothers, Pierre and Camille were inventors and custom gunsmiths. Your clock reminds me of the unique custom trigger workings connection they had in Brussels Belgium. Your clock looks similar to their work, 1837-1849, and up to 1869. Search under clocks in museums in Brussels, Belgium. Also,
    "Musee de l'industrie de Belgique 1869"

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    Default Re: French brevete clock info needed (RE: NWestSCarolinaHistoryBuff)

    Buff, welcome to the message board and thanks for your thoughts.
    The clock does look like 20th century and industrially made, though.
    Jurgen "tempus nostrum"

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