Moulin Wall Clock?

S Allan

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Just picked up this very unique wall clock looks like a French origin
Has been modified over the years, pretty certain the numerals are more recent additions
The inlay around the boarder is abalone, and the clock face is a stone
be glad of any knowledge to point towards the history here!
Once I get into it I can post more pictures with internals, etc.

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Yes French, typically known as a Comptoise wall clock or a vineyard clock. Can't say if they are original but the numerals are typical of the type used in these clocks. They were made from the first half of the 19th C into the early 20th C, this one is a later one as indicated by the wavy edges. The movements are either the square version of the pendule de Paris or a flattened version of the Comptoise longcase movement with double striking. Moulin will almost certainly be the retailer.
 
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Welcome to the Forums, S Allan, and congratulations on your nice find! We're looking forward to seeing what's "under the hood" when you get the clock.

I'm sure others will be along shortly to provide additional information about your clock. In the meantime, if you enter oeil de boeuf in the search, you'll find a number a threads about these clocks, including other names by which they are commonly known (like vineyard clocks as jmclaugh mentioned).
 

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Hi,

i can only confirm what has been said, and that the two generic terms used to designate this type of clock is « oeil
de boeuf » or « vineyard ». As your clock dates to approximately 1870-1880 it has the spring-driven version of the Morbier/Comtoise movement. Furthermore, the name Moulin is that of the retailer. The manufacturer can not be determined specifically.

As an aside, the dial is alabaster, and I see no reason to believe that the numerals are not original. Why do you think they are not?

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S Allan

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So I finally got to this clock and have the movement out. Here are a few pictures.
I had wondered if the numerals were non original as they appeared poorly placed however now I have it apart it appears they spin on the hole they are anchored to, and correcting their position is simple
I can't see any markings on the movement, unless they are under the paint. The frame is metal/steel with brass bushings, needless to say the heaviest movement I have had yet
Thanks for all the helpful info so far!

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So I finally got to this clock and have the movement out. Here are a few pictures.
I had wondered if the numerals were non original as they appeared poorly placed however now I have it apart it appears they spin on the hole they are anchored to, and correcting their position is simple
I can't see any markings on the movement, unless they are under the paint. The frame is metal/steel with brass bushings, needless to say the heaviest movement I have had yet
Thanks for all the helpful info so far!

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Yes, your clock has the typical Comtoise-like movement. These are very solid, almost indestructible.

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JTD

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Yes, your clock has the typical Comtoise-like movement. These are very solid, almost indestructible.

Uhralt
Yes, I agree - and they are quite often unmarked.

Nice clock.

JTD
 

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