Rare and Interesting Carriage Clock with English Platform.


An interesting small sized carriage clock signed J & E Grafton, 81 Fleet Street, London.
The gilt brass case is of an English style with nice scrolled handle spanning the full case width.
The silvered and lacquered dial has painted Roman numerals with an inset sub-seconds dial to the twelve o’clock position. The dial is signed on a gilt brass plate screwed to the dial plate. When this is removed a second signature is revealed. This is stamped into the dial plate and reads ‘Laine Rue D Orlean N 4 A Paris’. I speculate that the movement and dial were supplied as made by a French maker and then fitted with an English platform and case to complete the clock.
The platform is a very fine example of an English lever escapement exactly as would be found in a pocket watch of the period. It has a polished steel plain balance with blued flat balance spring.
The movement strikes the half hours and hours on a blued steel gong fitted to the back plate. The gong is squared off to follow the shape of the back plate and is struck by a small steel hammer as would be found in a repeating watch.
The hands are blued steel and are absolutely lovely with polished steel sections forming crosses to the tip. This is even replicated on the tail of the seconds hand.
The clock retains it’s original leather outer case with very finely made fittings.
A charming little clock with lots of interest and character.

SKU: RM7393 Category: Tags: , ,

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Dimensions3.5 x 4 x 6.75 in

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