I think there might be interest in this unusual French "skeleton" clock. "Skeleton" is in quotes, as the plates aren't skeletonized, but the design of the clock gives it a skeleton-like appearance, allowing all its parts to be easily visible. I recently received it after buying it at an on-line auction. "Robin a Paris" is on the blue and white enamel dial and stamped on the back plate. This could be Jean-Joseph Robin, a well-known clockmaker who worked in Paris from 1790-1825, though he died in 1858. He was the son of the even more famous Robert Robin. Or it could be someone else entirely. The back plate also has the stamp of "Japy Freres, Medailles d'Or", with 6 years listed, between 1825-1849. Japy Freres clocks had a different later stamp, the "Medaille d'Honneur 1855," so I would date my clock from 1849-1855. The clock is 10" high including the dome. It appears to be 8-day or perhaps 15, and has an alarm train between the legs of the plates on the right side. The alarm bell is centered under the movement. The base is ebonized wood with a cutout to allow the sound of the alarm to be heard. The alarm is wound by pulling a cord that extends through the base, so it can be wound each day without removing the dome. The alarm time is set with the one of the wheels projecting from the back plate. It rotates an engraved, silvered disc visible in the dial center. It is turned so the tail of the hour hand points to the alarm time. The other wheel projecting from the back plate adjusts the length of the silk suspension to regulate timekeeping. The dome is old and hand blown (also a little asymmetrical) but I don't think it's original. It fits in the groove in the base, but instead of resting just outside the velvet-covered rope, it sits on top of it. Also I think the pendulum is replaced; the number doesn't match the number on the back plate of the movement, and two strips of brass were added to the pendulum block so it would fit the crutch. All else seems to be original. The clock and alarm work, but the brass should be polished. I've found only one other example of this model on line. It was sold at an auction in England in 2010 for 600 British pounds. The gallery stated the base was repainted, but I think the base and dome on that clock were replaced, as there is no cut-out for the alarm. The pendulum of that clock was not visible. My clock reminds me of the very similar but much more often seen "Great Exhibition" skeleton clock by Perrier. These clocks were supposedly sold by the thousands at the 1851 Great Exhibition at London's Crystal Palace. They came with or without alarms; when provided the alarm mechanism and bell are below the base and not visible. It seems the two clocks must have been in competition. The last picture below is of one of these Great Exhibition clocks.