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Small Swiss Verge Mantel Clock with horn? veneer and gilt mounts

WIngraham

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This just came in today, I couldn't resist it for the price. I bought it with the hunch it had a Swiss movement to add to my collection. I think it worked out.

It is small sized, 12.5'' with the handle up. Looks like a small bracket clock. The movement is definitely missing some elements. I can't tell if it had an alarm or maybe a pull repeat? Maybe someone can tell from the pictures? The veneer is rough in places, but liveable.

I am not familiar with the veneer material, it looks like horn? The metal elements are really nicely done with great details, they look to be gilded under all the dirt. It has a great dial that is surprisingly perfect, there is a signature of some kind behind it. Maybe from the émailleur? This clock looks really untouched for quite a while. The ouroboros handle is a nice touch. The escape wheel is really fine with a very light pendulum, it even has a tie down. The time side spring needs attention (it's either broken or unhooked) but everything looks to be there with the time and strike.

What do you guys think of this one? Any info or opinions are of course welcome. Here's my usual gallery.

Will

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zedric

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Nice clock, and I suspect you are right about it being Swiss in origin. I *think* it has a trip repeat (the lever bottom left of the movement which has a loop through which a cord can be tied, but if so that should operate off the strike train and so doesn’t explain the empty holes. It probably had an alarm as you suggest, as there seems to be evidence on the front plate of a ratchet and click having been removed, which suggests another barrel.. but it would have had to be wound from the back or pull wound as there is no extra hole in the dial. are there any signs of a third hand or alarm setting dial on the front?
 

WIngraham

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Hey Zedric, thanks for the reply. I am learning towards an alarm, because of the witness marks on the front plate like you said. I don't see any signs that I know of for another hand, but the boss is unusually wide on the hour hand for such a small dial which I relate to alarm clocks. That is a bit of stretch though. There is small hole on the hour hand as well, not sure what that's about. Here's a pic below:

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I didn't notice the loop before, but Im not sure if its a trip repeat.
 

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I think that is called the snail detent? I am showing my lack of technical knowledge.
 

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This might be a stretch, but maybe the DuC on the back of the dial is for DuCommun. Alfred Chapuis has Pierre-Frédéric Ducommun-dit-Boudry as apprentice to Olivier Ducommun-dit-Boudry for "painting of enamel dials in large volume," 1795.
 

Uhralt

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Very nice find! You are probably aware that the movement is missing one or two (the picture isn't quite clear) of the taper pins that secure the click wheels to the winding arbors.

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WIngraham

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Hi Uhralt, yes I saw that, it was missing one. Thank you for pointing it out, not a good thing when shipping and it still had power.

There is also a hole on each barrel cap and a hole going through the winding arbors. Does anyone know what purpose they may have served? Some kind of stop works, or something else?

Thanks, Will

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