Drocourt antique carriage clock w/key and case - c. 1895/1900 - restored 07/19

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Seller: crahanfarm (91) 100%, Location: Westbury, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 113849505541 Foreword This is a Corniche movement (three plates), antique French timepiece carriage clock by Alfred Drocourt, housed in a quality brass Corniche case. It comes complete with its numbered key and numbered travel case. It is quite a heavy clock and has its original silvered off-set ratchet lever escapement platform. It is 7” tall with handle raised, making it a “Calibre No. 3”; the largest of the so-called full-sized carriage clocks. Please look carefully at the pictures and description, as they form an integral part of this auction. Any repairs carried out during the overhaul are described in bold print in the relevant description area. Warranty Following complete restoration as described below, this clock is warrantied against operational defects for twelve months from the date of dispatch with the buyer being responsible for any/all transport costs to and from base. Please note: the warranty does not cover damage caused by negligence, from the clock being mishandled, tampered with, courier mishandling, dropped, or from being given to another clockmaker for adjustment/repair. The user guide clearly describes the handling and operational requirements. About The Drocourt trademark – a carriage clock with a “D” and a “C” either side of it, encapsulated in an oval, is stamped into the back of the back-plate halfway down its left-hand side. The font used by Drocourt for the word “HANDS” (under the hand adjustment arbor) is lighter than in earlier clocks, but still in the same font. The hand setting arrow had by now become the simple wheatear design. This clock’s serial number of 34859 is stamped into the bottom left-hand corner of the back-plate, which dates the clock to around the turn of the 19th. to 20th. century. Also, the last known and currently recorded Drocourt serial number was 36279, so this clock was made very close to the end of the Drocourt era. I also have another Drocourt timepiece whose serial number is 34865, but it is a standard 0bis and a number of these are known to exist. So it would appear that Drocourt started to make the 0bis to compete against these “new style” carriage clocks. Its numbered key, likes the arbors it serves (winding and hand adjustment), has retained its square edges, suggesting the clock has not been zealously “over-wound” and has been treated with respect. The travel case also carries the clock’s serial number on its base. It is in reasonably good condition for its age but lacks its carry strap. Other than a gentle clean, no attempt has been made to repair/restore the case. Statistics · Width - including base platform – 9.6 cms. · Depth - including base platform – 8.3 cms. · Height - including base platform – 13.7 cms. and with handle raised – 17.9 cms. · Weight – 1.445Kgs, or 3lbs 3oz. The movement... is numbered throughout and stamped as follows: · 34859 - back of the back-plate – master serial number - bottom left-hand corner. · D and C – either side of the Drocourt trademark and stamped within an oval – left side of back of back-plate. · 859 - inside of the front plate – bottom right-hand corner. The movement was dismantled to component level and the following procedures carried out: 1. All components cleaned ultrasonically in a horological cleansing solution; washed, rinsed and heater dried. 2. Wheels, arbors, pinions, leaves and pivots checked for alignment and wear. The centre arbor’s pinion was split right down the middle and the centre wheel’s rim had been severely buckled, so a completely new arbor and centre wheel were made and fitted. Other than this, everything else was in order. 3. Pivots polished on hand-operated clockmaker’s lathe. 4. Movement plates examined and pivot holes checked for wear – (possible distortion, usually due to mechanical pressure, lack of servicing, or simply age-related wear) – nothing found. 5. Pivot holes pegged out to remove any remaining debris (a “paste” of old/dried oil). 6. The mainspring barrel was dismantled, and the spring checked for wear. None found, and it is believed to be the original. It was cleaned, lightly greased and re-fitted into its barrel. 7. All components de-greased in isopropyl alcohol and brush-polished with French chalk. 8. Movement re-assembled - all arbors checked for “end shake”. 9. Contrate cock adjustment sink oiled and depthing screw adjusted accordingly to ensure contrate arbor has correct amount of “end shake”. 10. Sinks oiled with high-grade Moebius clock oil. 11. All the arbors checked for “end shake” with no binding or “snicking” once under power – after refitting the platform. The escapement platform... “manages” the power produced by the mainspring through the going train – i.e., it controls the clock’s timekeeping and is the clock’s “heartbeat”. It is also the most delicate assembly. This platform is a silvered, ratchet-toothed off-set lever type with a crescent bridge. Due to its fit, is certain to be original to the clock. The following procedures were carried out: 1. Platform dismantled to component level and all items cleaned in an automatic 4-stage watch-cleaning machine. 2. Platform base carefully cleaned with appropriate cleaner to restore the silvering (which is in excellent condition), and then leather-buff polished. 3. Balance wheel, impulse jewel, fork and pallets cleaned; pivots, hairspring and all jewels checked for wear. The balance staff’s bottom end stone was cracked and so was replaced. Other than this, everything else was in order. 4. Escape wheel, pinion, leaves and index all cleaned and checked for wear. 5. Components brush-polished and de-greased in isopropyl alcohol. 6. Platform reassembled, oiled with high grade Moebius watch oil, powered, even beat adjustment made and balance wheel oscillation timed to 18,000 beats/hr. using a MicroSet 3 timer, which checks for speed and beat. Once overhauled, timed and adjusted, the platform is now pristine and in excellent working condition, with the original silvering remaining intact. The balance wheel produces an even beat, a very positive action, with the hairspring “breathing” correctly within the index. The faceplate, dial and hands... are all in excellent condition with no cracks, hairline fractures or missing enamel. The face was cleaned in a mild cleansing agent, rinsed and heater dried. The chapter ring and Roman numerals are in excellent condition, as are the Arabic numerals on the outer aspect. The blued steel spade-and-poker style hands are also in perfect order. The movement, dial, false plate and hands were re-assembled and powered while the case was being overhauled, keeping excellent time. The Corniche case... is made of quality brass. It had been previously lacquered, which served as an excellent protection. There are one or two very minor marks on the case – commensurate with age. This case has the additional feature of a gilded frame surrounding the edges of the dial plate - just behind the front glass - giving a very “finished” appearance. The case was dismantled to component level. Both the base plate and the bottom stand of the case are stamped 34859, the clock’s master serial number – showing the case was “married” to the movement at time of manufacture. The following procedures were carried out: 1. parts soaked in a de-lacquering solution, cleaned, washed, rinsed and heater dried. 2. All case components were polished using a metal burnishing paste, especially created for the gentle cleaning of metals – used by museums. They were then brush-polished using French chalk, washed, rinsed and heater dried again. 3. All parts dipped in isopropyl alcohol for de-greasing, treated with two coats of horological lacquer and then finally, a coating of Renaissance wax was added for handling protection. 4. All glass panels are believed to be the originals which have no chips or cracks. 5. Case re-assembled. The door closes firmly - another indication of the case’s quality and previous care. Having been double-lacquered and waxed, the case is now protected and will maintain its current lustre/appearance for years. Regular light and careful dusting will keep it looking in good condition - as it looks today. The travel case… is in quite reasonable condition for its age, but no attempt has been made to restore it. The carrying handle is missing. Testing... was carried out once the movement was reinstalled into its case and powered. It has now been run for over three weeks without any issues, keeping excellent time. Please note: the index’s regulator arm is very close to the centre of its operational arc, with the clock keeping excellent time, which is where it should be after a correct, complete overhaul and regulation. Payment... is acceptable in most forms of cleared funds prior to shipment, such as bank transfer (BACS), cash or personal cheque. Should personal collection be required, then the transaction must be paid for in cash at the point of collection. Shipping... will take place within one working day of receipt of cleared payment. However, every effort is made to ship on the same day. Shipping prices are a direct reflection of the consignment’s gross weight, its replacement value, all shipping costs, including packaging, posting and postage. UK shipments – are made via Royal Mail on its ‘Next day 1pm, fully insured, tracked and signed for’ delivery service, except for Saturday afternoons, Sundays and English Bank Holidays. Overseas customers – the price shown is for a “World Zone 2” delivery. Please contact me for actual shipping costs, as they are destination dependent. Shipping is always carried out on a tracked, signed-for and fully insured basis. Any/all destination Customs and/or import duties and/or related taxes are the exclusive and sole responsibility of the buyer. This is an express condition of an export transaction. Conclusion This “Calibre 3”, heavy and quality Drocourt Corniche timepiece carriage clock, its brass Corniche case, numbered key and numbered travel case are now in excellent condition, after having been carefully and sensitively overhauled. It runs beautifully, as one would expect from such a prestigious maker. As can be seen from all the serial numbers, it is a completely original and complete clock. It should be serviced every five to ten years by a clock maker/repairer to maintain optimum performance, as this is the life of quality clock oil. A user guide is supplied as is the signed restoration report. Should you have any additional questions, please don't hesitate to ask - I'll be happy to help. Thank you for looking Condition: This is a Calibre 3, restored Corniche (three plate) carriage clock by Alfred Drocourt, coming with ts number key and numbered travel case. It is in excellent condition throughout and comes with a 12 month warranty., Age: Antique, Pre-1900, Material: Brass, Type: Timepiece only, Features: 8-Day, Sub-Type: Carriage Clock, Clock Type: Mantel/ Carriage Clock, Style/ Origin/ Theme: French

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