Fully restored antique Henri Jacot striking carriage clock - c. 1887/90

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Seller: crahanfarm (92) 100%, Location: Westbury, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 113983041800 Foreword This is a fine, antique French striking carriage clock by Henri Jacot, housed in a brass Corniche case and coming with a period associated correctly fitting double-ended key and travel case. The clock’s height with handle raised is 7.2”, making it a “Calibre No. 3”; the largest of the three so-called “full-sized” carriage clocks. Please take note of the pictures and this description, as they form an integral part of this auction. 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, or from the clock being mishandled, tampered with, dropped, or being given to another clockmaker for adjustment/repair. The supplied user guide describes the handling and operational requirements. About Henri Jacot was a highly renowned French carriage clock maker, ranking alongside the best and well-known French carriage clockmakers of the day (mid 19th to early 20th century) - namely Drocourt, Japy Frères, LeRoy, Margaine, Pons and Soldano. The clock was in reasonably good condition when acquired and quite unusually, came with its numbered base cover, a correctly fitting period associated key and travel case. As with any clock acquired, it was dismantled and given a complete overhaul, as can be read throughout this description. Typical of Jacot, this clock is heavy for its size, due to the use of dense, thick, quality and highly polished brass. Jacot’s clocks were particularly recognised for their build quality, movement delicacy, reliability, use of quality brass and excellent timekeeping. This clock’s serial number of 9679 (stamped in the bottom left hand corner of the movement’s back plate), dates its manufacture to circa 1887/90, with clock serial number 19713 currently being the last known recorded Jacot serial number. Clock statistics: · Width - including base platform – 9.4 cms. · Depth - including base platform – 8.2 cms. · Height - including base platform – 13.8 cms. and with handle raised – 18 cms. · Weight – 1.74Kgs, or 3lbs 13.5ozs. The movement... is Corniche (three plates; back, front and false) and has the classic Jacot “African grey parrot on a perch” trademark stamped in the bottom centre of the back of the back-plate, with ‘H’ and ‘J’ on either side of the parrot and “PARIS” under the trademark. All the numbers throughout the movement match and are stamped as follows: · 9679 - back of back-plate -clock’s master serial number- bottom left-hand corner. · 79 – last two digits of clock’s serial number - back of front plate - bottom left. · Jacot oval stamp describing medals won and dates on back of false plate - latest date stamped being a gold award in 1878. · 79 - (last two digits of master serial number) - back of false plate - bottom left. 79 – 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 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 checked for wear – (possible distortion, usually due to mechanical pressure, lack of servicing, or simply age-related wear) - none found. 5. Pivot holes pegged out to remove any remaining debris (a “paste” of old and dried oil). 6. 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”. 7. 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. 8. Movement re-assembled - all arbors checked for “end shake”. 9. Contrate cock adjustment sink oiled and depth screw adjusted accordingly to ensure contrate arbor has correct amount of “end shake”. 10. All sinks oiled with high-grade Moebius clock oil. 11. All the blued-steel wire springs and screws are in excellent condition, with little sign of “screwdriver damage”, as can be seen from the pictures. The whole movement is in beautiful condition and the reflective brass used for the plates shows the movement off to its best advantage. The escapement 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. It is also the most delicate assembly. This platform is silvered; comprising an off-set ratchet-toothed lever escapement. Due to its precise fit and condition, it is certainly original to the clock. The following procedures were carried out: 1. Assembly completely dismantled. 2. Platform carefully cleaned by hand and then leather-buff polished to bring the “frosted” silvering back to as near perfection as could be achieved. 3. Hairspring checked - in excellent condition – no rust and no re-forming necessary. 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 hand-polished, de-greased in isopropyl alcohol and oiled appropriately with high grade watch oil. 9. Platform reassembled, powered, even-beat adjusted and timed to 18,000 beats/hour, using a purpose-made machine. Once re-built, 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 pristine condition. The faceplate, dial and hands... are all in excellent condition. The enamel-on-copper face plate has no cracks or hairlines. It was cleaned in a mild cleansing agent, rinsed and heater dried. The Roman numerals and the usual Jacot “inner ring” chapter ring are perfect, with the chapter ring showing inked diamond dots for the quarter hour markers and dots for the remaining five minute interval markers. The blued steel waisted “spade and poker” hands are also in excellent condition. The movement was reassembled and tested while the case was being restored, keeping excellent time. Important note: the index’s regulator arm is very close to the centre of its operational arc, which is where it should be after having been correctly overhauled and regulated. The case... is a highly polished and reflective Corniche brass case with the classic three bail handle; made of a very dense and quality base brass – and in excellent overall condition, with very few minor marks – all of which are commensurate with the clock’s age. The case was dismantled to component level and is number stamped as follows, which shows the case to be an original: Underside of base cover – 9679 Underside of base platform - 9679. Topside of base platform - 49. All four pillars - 49. Top platform – 49. Top cover – 49. · Door – 49. Al individual components were initially cleaned in a horological cleaning fluid, dipped in isopropyl alcohol to remove any remaining grease and then heater dried. They were brush-polished with French chalk, followed by two coats of horological lacquer and finally, treated with Renaissance wax - as a handling protection. The door is of the typical “Jacotesque” form; comprised of a solid frame, with an additional bar screwed to the bottom part, which when unscrewed, allows the removal of the glass panel. This style of door makes it more rigid and; it closes correctly and firmly. The glass panels all appear to be original, with no cracks or nibbles and they do not rattle when in situ. The case is also very typical of Jacot in that each component is pinned, making the final assembly a very perfectly positioned case. As the case has been both lacquered and waxed, there is no need for any further polishing. Regular light and careful dusting (with a micro-fibre cloth for example), will keep it looking in beautiful condition - as it looks today. On no account should either silicon-based or metal polishes come anywhere near this clock. The travel case… is not in perfect condition and; its carry handle is missing. Other than a gentle clean, no attempt has been made to restore it. Testing... of the complete clock was carried out once the movement was reinstalled into its case and powered. It has now been run for over two months without any issues, keeping excellent time, as one would expect from a quality clock. 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 DHL on its ‘Next day, fully insured, tracked and signed for’ delivery service, with the exception of 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. Overseas customers - please contact me for shipping costs, as they are destination-dependent. Please note - shipping is always on a tracked, signed-for and fully insured basis (the listing 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. Conclusion After a complete restoration and overhaul, this circa 1890/95 quality Henri Jacot Corniche-cased “Calibre No. 3” striking carriage clock is now in really excellent condition, both operationally and visually. Furthermore, it is an excellent 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: Following a complete overhaul, this antique Henri Jacot striking carriage clock is in superb condition throughout and is an excellent keeper. It comes with its number base plate, a correctly-fitting period associated double-ended key and a travel case. It comes with a 12 month return to-base warranty from date of dispatch., Age: Antique, Pre-1900 - circa 1887/90, Material: Brass, Type: Mantel/ Carriage Clock, Features: Travel case, Sub-Type: Striking Carriage Clock, Clock Type: Mantel/ Carriage Clock, Style/ Origin/ Theme: French

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