Excellent Richard & Co repeater carriage clock c.1880/85 - overhauled 08/19.

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Seller: crahanfarm (93) 100%, Location: Westbury, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 113891885840 Foreword This is a very heavy antique French repeater carriage clock, by Richard & Co., bearing the “T and “C” initials between two intertwined serpents with a vertical line, wings and cap. It should not be confused with clocks bearing “R & Co” as a trademark. It is believed that the two trademarks refer to the same company, but where the difference lies is that the “R & Co.” stamp indicated that the clock was probably handled by Richard, but not made by him, whereas the full trademark (as can be seen on this clock’s bottom left-hand corner) back plate - picture 5), means the clock was probably made by Richard & Co. The clock is housed in what can only be described as an “Anglaise Riche” case – being very angular. You can see the clock's condition in picture 2, when it was acquired. A good feature of this clock is the “Surety Roller” – stamped on the back-plate and is only seen on repeaters. Carriage clocks having this device are now quite rare, but it is a very simple yet effective means of ensuring that the strike remains in sequence with the hour hand, which is always a potential issue with repeaters if they are jolted during transport. Please take note of the pictures and this description, as they both form an integral part of this sale. Should there be any additional questions, please don't hesitate to ask. Some other clocks I have restored may be seen by going to You Tube and entering “Margaine restoration”. Warranty The 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. The warranty does not cover damage caused by negligence, from the clock being mishandled, tampered with or dropped, mishandled by couriers, or from it being given to another clockmaker for adjustment and/or repair. The supplied user guide describes the handling and operational requirements. About The clock was in quite poor condition when acquired, as can be seen from picture 2. As with any clock I acquire, it was completely dismantled and overhauled, as can be read throughout this description. Its’ height with handle raised (7.5”) makes it a semi-giant – sitting between a “Calibre No. 3” at 7” and a giant at 9”. This clock’s movement was well made, with stout front and back-plates, giving the movement a good degree of solidity. It also has a bracket screwed to the back plate and the base plate, ensuring the movement is very secure. Added to that, the movement is mounted on a solid brass plate, rather than washers. This clock’s serial number of 693 is stamped in the bottom left hand corner of the movement’s back plate. A good feature of this clock is the “Surety Roller” – stamped on the back-plate and is only seen on repeaters. Carriage clocks having this device are now quite rare, but it is a very simple yet effective means of ensuring that the strike remains in sequence with the hour hand, which is always a potential issue with repeaters if they are jolted. It also has a working “stop work”. This has two functions: 1 it stops the mainspring from being overwound and 2 it effectively shortens the working length of the mainspring at both ends and so has the effect of equalising the power produced by the spring, thereby aiding timekeeping. As it has this feature, the clock has to be wound every seven days. Although there are no markings to help identify the clock’s manufacturing date, I believe it was made around 1880/85, as the place of origin is not stamped anywhere (a requirement from 1887). Furthermore, the chapter ring only has Roman numerals, the repeat mechanism is of that period and, this was a period when the Anglaise style cases came into being and were quite widely popularised. Strikes are made on a blued steel gong, which is screwed to the back-plate. The sound is very sonorous and lasts for just under 5 seconds. The platform is a modern Gorge SA replacement, so tends to devalue the clock. However, in their favour, these modern platforms are easy to service, reliable and are extremely good timekeepers. Without them, the clock concerned would have been condemned. The clock comes with its base plate and a modern, correctly fitting, double ended key. Clock statistics: · Width - including base platform – 10.4 cms. · Depth - including base platform – 9.3 cms. · Height - including base platform – 14.8 cms. and with handle raised – 19.4 cms. · Weight – 2.3 Kgs, or 5lbs 1 oz. The movement... is Corniche (three plates; back, front and false). All the numbers throughout the movement match and are stamped as follows: · 693 - back of back-plate - bottom left-hand corner. · 693 - master serial number - back of front plate - bottom centre. · 693 - master serial number - back of false plate - bottom centre. · 693 – inside mainspring and strike barrels, as well as their caps. The movement was dismantled to component level and the following procedures carried out: 1. All components cleaned ultrasonically in a warmed horological cleaning solution; washed, rinsed and heater dried. 2. All wheels, arbors, leaves, pinions and pivots checked for alignment and wear (none found). 3. Pivots polished on clockmaker’s lathe. 4. Movement plates examined and pivot holes (bushes) checked for wear – (possible distortion, usually due to mechanical pressure, lack of servicing, or simply age-related wear) - none found. 5. Pivot holes (bearings), pegged out to remove any remaining debris (a “paste” of old and dried oil). 6. All components de-greased in isopropyl alcohol and then French chalk brush-polished, which as well as polishing, helps to delay tarnishing, a natural brass occurrence. 7. Mainspring and strike barrels dismantled, springs removed, checked for wear (none found), cleaned, lightly greased and re-assembled. The mainspring is the clock’s “muscle”. 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. The platform... is the clock’s “heartbeat”, as it manages the power generated by the mainspring through the going train – i.e., it controls the clock’s timekeeping. As mentioned earlier, this one is a modern replacement. To keep it in keeping with the clock, it was completely dismantled and silvered during the overhaul process. It is also the most delicate assembly. It comprises an off-set ratchet-toothed lever escapement. The following procedures were carried out: 1. Platform completely dismantled – components cleaned in a 4-stage automatic watch-cleaning machine. 3. Platform and balance cock rubbed down and silvered. 3. Hairspring checked - in excellent condition. 4. Jewels checked for wear - pegged out and cleaned as appropriate. 6. Balance wheel, fork and pallets cleaned; staff, pivots and all jewels checked for wear and alignment. 7. Escape wheel, pinion, leaves and index all cleaned and checked for wear. 8. Components de-greased in isopropyl alcohol and oiled appropriately with high grade Moebius watch oil. 9. Platform reassembled, powered, even-beat adjusted and timed to 18,000 beats/hour. Once timed and adjusted, the platform now produces an even beat, a positive action, with the hairspring “breathing” correctly within the boot. It is now in excellent condition. The faceplate, dial and hands... are all in excellent condition. There are three components; the centre ring, the chapter ring and the dial mask. All three parts were taken back to brass, re-silvered and the chapter ring re-inked. They are now all in excellent order, with a few very minor marks on the centre piece and the dial mask. The blued steel decorative style hands are also in excellent condition. The movement was reassembled and powered while the case was being restored, keeping excellent time. Important note: the index’s regulator arm is close to its centre position, which is where it should be after having been overhauled and regulated. The case... is in the Anglaise Riche style with the brass in a satinised finish. The corner pillars are single fluted with castellations running around the underside of the top platform. It was dismantled to component level and is number-stamped “1” throughout, showing the case to be an original: Al individual components were initially cleaned in a warmed horological cleaning fluid, dipped in isopropyl alcohol to remove any remaining grease and then heater dried. The components were then hand-polished using French chalk, followed by two coats of horological lacquer finally, and a coat of Renaissance wax was applied - for handling protection. The door closes correctly and firmly. The glass panels have no chips or cracks and do not rattle when in situ. As the case has been lacquered and waxed as described above, there is no requirement for any further polishing. Regular light and careful dusting (with a micro-fibre cloth for example), will keep it looking in good condition - as it looks today. On no account should either silicon-based or metal polishes come anywhere near this clock. As can be seen, the case is now in very good condition, with very few marks, all of which are commensurate with the clock’s age. Testing... was carried out once the movement was reinstalled into its case and powered. It has now been run for four wind-downs without any issues and keeps excellent time. Payment... is acceptable in any form of cleared funds prior to shipment, such as a BACS bank transfer, cash or personal cheque. Should personal collection be required, then the transaction must either be paid for in cash at the point of collection, or that cleared funds are in place prior to collection. Shipping... will take place within one working day on receipt of cleared payment. However, every effort is made to ship on the same day. UK delivery - the clock will be shipped via Royal Mail on its ‘Next day 1pm, fully insured, tracked and signed for’ delivery service, except for Saturdays, Sundays and English Bank Holidays. Shipping costs are dependent purely on the consignments gross weight and the clock’s value. The clock will be shipped in a new double-walled cardboard box. Please be sure to check the Postage area of the front page for costs. My default listing is the price for UK delivery. Overseas customers - please use the ““see details” of the Postage area to select your country, followed by “Get rates” for shipping costs, as they are destination-dependent. Please note - shipping is always on a tracked, signed-for and fully insured basis (the global price shown is for a delivery to Australia). 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 sale and it is better to ask me for the exact rate for your country – if other than Australia. Conclusion After restoration and overhaul, this circa 1880/1885 repeater carriage clock, fitted with a Surety Roller feature is now in excellent condition, both operationally and visually. Furthermore, it is a good timekeeper. It should be serviced by a clock maker/repairer every five to ten years to maintain optimum performance, as this is the working life of quality clock oil. A user guide is supplied as is the signed restoration report. Thank you for looking Track Page Views With Auctiva's FREE Counter Condition: Coming with a 12 month warranty, this recently overhauled carriage clock is in excellent visual and working order. It is very heavy and in the Anglaise Riche style., Age: Antique, Pre-1900, Material: Brass, Type: Repeater, Features: 8-Day, Sub-Type: Carriage Clock, Clock Type: Mantel/ Carriage Clock, Style/ Origin/ Theme: French

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