Benjamain Pichard à Paris, 122 mm, 1426 g, circa 1640
An important, impressive, one-handed coach clock with hour self strike and alarm - one of the earliest known coach clocks Case: brass, firegilt, open work decoration and fine floral engravings, rear bell, 7-piece hinge. Dial: enamel chapter ring with radial Roman hours, central turnable alarm disc with radial Roman numerals and floral engravings, single iron hand. Movm.: full plate movement, firegilt, applied open work and florally engraved decorations, signed, chain/fusee for going train, ratchet wheel set up with blued steel spring, baluster-shaped movement pillars, barrel for hour strike with open work decoration and floral engravings, barrel for alarm, 2 hammers, verge escapement, locking disc, three-arm steel balance, very finely florally engraved and pierced balance bridge.
A carriage clock, also known as saddle clock or alcove clock, is a spring driven travel clock in the shape of an oversized pocket watch. Clocks that were used for travelling in stagecoaches had to be robust and live up to the various requirements of the traveller. They were also intended as an indication of the status of their owner; consequently carriage clocks were large and valuable. Basically though they are nothing but oversize pocket watches with a diameter of about 9-12 cm. In the 18th century they were also called "Felduhren". Source: https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kutschenuhr, as of 10/03/2015.
Estimate 42,000 - 55,000 €
Price Realised 52,100 €
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