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Salsagev

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P.Hageman

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Thats a French movement made in the Morbier area. They are made the same way as the French comtoise, only they have springs instead of weights. Just like a comtoise, they strike full at the hour and then again full two/three minutes later. At half they strike one time. The movements are build like a tank, very good quality imho. Thanks for sharing!
Btw these hooks are usually used to secure the dial to the movement.
 

JTD

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Sillé-le-Guillaume is a small town in the Pays de la Loire region of France. Broux would have been the retailer.

Nice clock.

JTD
 

Salsagev

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Thanks for the replies. How old is this one? Who made this clock? And the suspension spring is broken. I don’t know what size it is because it’s lost. The hour Hand is snapped too.
 

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Probably about 1915-1920s at a guess. Almost impossible to say who made it, except as has been said above. Morbiere area.

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You'd never guess there was a movement of this type in that case! It's pretty rare in my opinion.
A very nice clock and would be difficult to put a value on.

Show some closeups of where the suspension attaches, and you might get some help on selecting one.

Here's a picture of my 'more typical' Comtoise. And you can see the pendulum hanger and the suspension spring attached to it.

Do you have the pendulum and hanger?
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JTD

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These movements do show up in such cases (and smaller ones) there was another on here quite recently. I have one which is in a much smaller case but almost identical movement.

I don't think they would be considered rare, at least here in Europe - I cannot speak for the US.

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I do have the pendulum and hanger. It’s just off because the suspension is broken.
 

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It’s the best picture I can take right now. I got this for 55 dollars

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I don't see any place for a suspension spring in that picture, but a quick search at Timesavers shows several springs. (Search for Morbier.)
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This clock plates are very thick! I finally have the correct key to wind that peil de bleuf that i have.
 

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It doesn't have plates, French wall clocks aren't common in the UK so whether this movements is rare or not I wouldn't know but it fits in the case and it is a mass produced clock.
 

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Is there anything or historic reference on this type of clock? Can you tell anything by the gong? I like the sound of the strike because it sounds very grand.
 

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It’s very hard to get a picture of the pallet. I believe #23 morbier suspension spring should work.

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