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French Portico Clock with an unknown signature

Corina

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hello again to all,
last week i bought a very dirty portico clock from french. i started a little bit cleaning of dial and found a signature. There was nothing seen before and i never started seriuos cleaning with this knowledge before.
nevertheless i was curious whats written and found " Henri Caster a Paris" maybe "Henri Castor a Paris". Do somebody know this name? i searched on "www" and did not found him. i will enclose a pic from clock, dial and signature.
it would make me happy, if somebody could give me more informations.
kind regards
corina
 

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eskmill

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For what it is worth Corina: In my opinion, portico shaped clocks were admired mainly by the upper class in Austria and many were made there.
The etched name on the face, Henri Caster is probably the name of the retailer that sold the clock.

The maker's identity, if identifiable will most likely be discovered by viewing the movement inside the case. Many examples have a logo stamped or etched on the rear sided of the back plate of the movement. Many have no identity.

Remove the bell from the back, if present and obstructing the view of the back of the movement and inspect for any engraving or marks. If you find any evidence of a name or logo, let us know or reply with a photo of the back. Some only have numbers.
 

Corina

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I would like to restore dial by a professional restorer including signature. And so i need the correct name..i am not sure about Castor or Caster..
enclosed you find 2 movement pics in its condition i bought.
c. movement1.jpg movement.jpg
 

Burkhard Rasch

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Early version of the pendule de Paris mvmt with silk suspension.Often not signed.Verry nice clock,allthough a lot of work has to be done.If the price was OK..Congrats!
Burkhard
 

Corina

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hallo Burkhard, sorry, wenn ich widerspreche, die Portaluhr hat kein Fadenpendel, wäre auch schlecht möglich, denn bei dem Gewicht vom Pendel ( wiegt gefühlt fast 1 kg) gibt jeder Faden den geist auf..*lach* Preis war erschwinglich..und viel Arbeit..ja...aber wunder..wunderschön.
lg
corina

Translation:

In short, saying there is no silk suspension. The pendulum, weighing almost 2 lbs,
would be too heavy for that.
The price of the clock was "affordable".
 
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soaringjoy

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Corina, the NAWCC Message Board is an intenational site and therefore,
the rules state that MB language is English, except for book titles, etc.
This helps everyone understanding, what's going on, as you know, of course. :)
You may indeed send PMs to other members in German, if you like.

Tardy's Dictionnaire des Horologers Francais has nothing listed on Caster, Castor, Canter,
or similar. Perhaps a French colleague may drop in and know something about your clock.
 

Burkhard Rasch

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I should have looked closer,yes,there are remains of a suspension spring.That piece of wire(?) fooled me.
Sorry
Burkhard
 

Corina

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Jurgen, i am so sorry. next time i will write again all messages in foreign language. thank you for translation.
may be castor/caster was a retailer. Yes, tardy did not register,therefore this thread.

Corina "mea culpa":coolsign:
 

soaringjoy

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No problems, Corina.

More of a problem will be the identification of your movement, which
is often impossible, if it is not marked.
The roulants a Paris were made in great numbers, for instance by
Japy Freres, S. Marti and Vincenti and they too, sold them "loose" and unmarked.
 

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