Clock identification

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  1. Tawnya Minca

    Tawnya Minca New Member

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    Recently I was going through some of my grandfathers boxes that my mom had kept. He passed away over 50 years ago. He had this clock among his things. He repaired clocks as a hobby and this one was apparently the one he couldn’t get running. The only mark I could find was a 35 engraved on inside of door. Any help would be appreciated.

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  2. Isaac

    Isaac Registered User

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    Looks like a nice french movement. Without a makers mark, however, it is very hard to impossible to identify the maker.
     
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  3. Ticktocktime100

    Ticktocktime100 Registered User

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    Hi,

    Indeed, your clock is French, and is termed a carriage clock as you would bring it with you when travelling, which is the reason for the carrying handle. It was made in the late 19th century, around 1880-1900. What is rather nice about this one is the quality of the gilt bronze case, decorated with columns and gothic motifs, and also the detail, known as chasing, around the white enamel dial. These features raise your clock above the standard example, which is far more plain. The movements of high quality and has a platform escapement, which you can see through the bevelled glass panel at the top. Well worth getting it ticking again after fifty years!

    Regards.
     
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  4. zedric

    zedric Registered User

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    Carriage clocks, of all types, were made in the tens of thousands per year in the late 1800s. There were many makers, many of whom did not mark their work. So it is not possible to identify who the maker was. However as ticktocktime100 says, with the filigree work this one is a notch above the basic clocks being produced. As a timepiece (non-striking) movement, it will not be very valuable in the current market, and the case is a little tarnished (which could be fixed by careful polishing and lacquering), but it is a beautiful little clock.
     
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  5. Tawnya Minca

    Tawnya Minca New Member

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    Thanks for all the insight. I’m going to see about getting it polished and running, if possible. She is a cool little clock and I had never seen one before. I’ve been looking at them all day. I think I may be hooked.
     
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  6. Floyd's Grandson

    Floyd's Grandson Registered User
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    That really is a beautiful carriage clock!

    Do what I’ve been doing lately, and get Grandpa’s clock up and running! It will give you a great sense of satisfaction and make your Grandpa proud! :clap:
     
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