18th c Pick this Brocot & Delettrez up at auction.

aahorology

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I just purchased this A. Brocot & Delettrez, Paris mantle clock up at my local auction. Anyone have any additional info on it? I’ve done the usual “Google” search. I’m guessing it’s circa 1870’s. Numbers on the movement are 5476 9(possibly g) 2.
FYI: I took the movement out and oiled it and it’s been running ever since. I’m very pleased with this find.

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Bernhard J.

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Hello,

I would think that your guess is correct, perhaps even a bit earlier (bell instead of the later gong).

Do you think of restoring the case or tend to leave it as it is?

Cheers, Bernhard
 

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I want to keep the “old” look to it but I’d like to repair the missing piece of veneer on the front as it’s the first thing one notices. I’m not sure the best way to go about it.
 
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I want to keep the “old” look to it but I’d like to repair the missing piece of veneer on the front as it’s the first thing one notices. I’m not sure the best way to go about it.
If you cleaned and polished it carefully, you would still retain the 'old' look, just without the dust and grime.

Repairing missing veneer is not easy, but it can be done by patching in a matching piece, although it is a pity that the missing piece is right in the front and thus very obvious.

If you go to the 'Case Building and Restoration' section you will find quite a number people who have had the same problem and their recommendations as to how to go about the repair.

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Brocot & Delettrez are listed Paris c 1870 but I don't know what the exact relationship between them was and how long it lasted. The pendulum length also looks like 8 2 to me, the other is likely a serial or other number used during manufacture and is usually also found on the pendulum bob of these movements.
 

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Brocot & Delettrez are listed Paris c 1870 but I don't know what the exact relationship between them was and how long it lasted. The pendulum length also looks like 8 2 to me, the other is likely a serial or other number used during manufacture and is usually also found on the pendulum bob of these movements.
Brocot formed his partnership with Deletrtez on 20th October 1851, and the partnership continued until Brocot's death (19th Jan 1878). Delettrez continued on his own until his death in 1887. The two makers (one born in 1816, the other 1817) grew up in the same neighbourhood (possibly on the same street, looking at listings for their parents), and probably went to school together.
 
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Repairing missing veneer is not easy, but it can be done by patching in a matching piece, although it is a pity that the missing piece is right in the front and thus very obvious.
Since it is not an expensive clock, the easy way around the missing veneer is to put a name plate over it, it may have had one and that is why it is in an odd place for the damage.
 

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