Antique French brass carriage clock & key. Complete overhaul/service Nov. 2019. "Corniche carree" case. C1895. Smaller than standard

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Seller: graham3943 (1.214) 100%, Location: Thames Ditton, Ships to: Europe, Asia, US, CA, AU, Item: 362826684465 I am retired and restore antique and vintage clocks as a hobby in my spare time. I have had professional horological training. I specialise in carriage clocks and spent several enjoyable hours in my workshop last month restoring this one. CLASSIC ANTIQUE FRENCH "CORNICHE CARREE" CARRIAGE CLOCK* IN EXCELLENT ORIGINAL CONDITION. IT WAS MANUFACTURED C 1895 by COUALLET FRERES AND WAS COMPLETELY OVERHAULED AND SERVICED LAST MONTH. * This clock is slightly smaller and squatter than the standard clocks of the period and was designed so that the dial could be easily read. The movement, as a result is also smaller than usual. Apart from the shape of the top glass, it is identical to the clock illustrated in plate VII/15 on page 167 of Charles Allix's definitive book "Carriage Clocks Their History and Development". Height (with handle folded down) 4 1/4 inches (10.5 cms); Width 3 1/4 inches (8 cms); Depth 2 1/2 inches (6.5 cms) MOVEMENT: 8 day timepiece with its original polished brass cylinder escapement which works well with good amplitude. It is a good quality movement with all the back plate mounting screws being nicely chromed. It is stamped on the back plate with the Couaillet Freres trade mark arrow. It was however in a dreadful state when I acquired it (see the before and after pics. provided). I therefore dismantled it completely and checked all parts carefully for wear. I then hand polished the pivots, pegged out the sinks and finally, after rebuilding it, oiled it back and front with appropriate grade clock oil. The movement now looks almost like it would have done when the clock was first made in the 1890s by Couaillet Freres in St. Nicolas d'Alliermont in northern France.CASE: Solid brass "corniche carree" case with folding handle, in good overall condition. All the case parts are stamped with the same number (40) showing it to be completely original. The rear door opens and closes with precision suggesting that the clock has not been dropped or damaged in the past. The case has restored well. After cleaning the case parts I hand polished them, finishing the process with a chalk brush. I then gave them a couple of coats of special wax polish to delay the tarnishing process. It now has a rich antique patina which should last for years.DIAL: Original to the clock, the white enamel-on-copper dial was designed to be read easily. At some stage, whoever owned the clock had tried to make it even easier to see by adding blobs of luminous paint adjacent to the numbers 9, 12 and 3. They had also coated the hands with luminous paint. I cleaned this off but it has left some very faint marks on the dial. When I cleaned the dial, I also minimised some small hairline cracks: these can now barely be made out in the pictures and do not show on display. The roman numerals are crisp and clear and each five-minute marker on the chapter ring is highlighted in gold. The polished blued steel hands are original and in perfect condition.GLASSES: All five thick bevelled glasses - made out of top quality "greenish" optical glass - are in good condition save for the two small chips to the corners of the side glasses mentioned above.KEY: The clock comes with a double-ended steel key. One end is for winding the movement and the other is for adjusting the hands. A fast/slow adjustment lever is reached through the rear doorINSTRUCTIONS: I will enclose a brief note with the clock explaining how to get it started if it has stopped when you receive it. I will also give you my contact details so that you can get in touch subsequently with any questions you might have about care and maintenance. THIS CLASSIC ANTIQUE CARRIAGE CLOCK IS IN VERY GOOD ORIGINAL CONDITION. IT WILL NOT NEED SERVICING AGAIN FOR YEARS. (IF YOU PAY PROMPTLY, YOU'LL GET IT IN TIME FOR CHRISTMAS!) The clock is heavy and will be packed well, hence the charges! Packaging (new double boxes) & Postage (tracked and insured) UK £10.00; EU £20.00 (approx. 25 Euros); Elsewhere £30.00 I pack well, post promptly after payment and aim to keep purchasers informed at all stages of the transaction. I would ask that you kindly glance at my 100% positive feedback on eBay - a record I am proud of and intend to maintain. Here's a few comments from people who have bought clocks from me recently:- "Excellent transaction. Beautiful clock. Fast safe shipping. Thanks." Buyer: Kent, UK"Truly genuine seller. Excels in all areas. Extremely satisfied ... " Buyer: Queensland, Australia."First rate service, comms. and beautifully packed. I am delighted..." Buyer: Avon, UK."Very satisfied. Fast service. Working well. Great seller. Thanks" Buyer: Malta. Good Luck if you decide to bid and thank you for looking Condition: The dial has some hairline cracks which I have minimised and slight staining adjacent to the numbers 9, 12 and 3 (see below). There are small chips to the top right corners of the side glasses. None of these blemishes notice on display. The case and movement are in very good condition and the clock keeps spot-on time. Before and after pictures of the movement are included., Age: Antique, Pre-1900, Material: Brass, Type: Mantel/ Carriage Clock, Features: 8-Day, Sub-Type: Carriage Clock, Clock Type: Mantel/ Carriage Clock, Style/ Origin/ Theme: Victorian. Made in France

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