Large silver gilt carriage clock
Fine and large silver gilt (gold plated) silver cased carriage clock fitted with an eight-day movement. The case is engine-turned engraved with a lattice pattern, while the enamel dial is in perfect condition, as is the case and movement. The clock rests on 'bun' supports.
The first carriage clock was invented by Abraham-Louis Breguet for the Emperor Napoleon in the early 19th century. A carriage clock is a small, spring-driven clock, designed for travelling, developed in the early 19th century in France, where they were also known as "officers' clocks", travelling with the officers on campaigns. Eight days refers to the clock only needing to be wound once a week.
The popularity of silver silver carriage clocks has revived in recent years because they are considered a charming combination of art and engineering.
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