French Carriage clocks come in a variety of shapes and sizes.
They may be time only in which case they are more accurately called a timepiece.
There are also striking clocks, alarm clocks or a combination of both.
Some and the most valuable are know as repeaters. Repeaters strike the time and with the press of a button will repeat the time by striking a variety of bells and gongs, some to the nearest minute.
These clocks were carried around the country side by the more well to do and were protected by a timber and leather outer case, it is rare to find the original case with the clock but it does happen.
Most French Carriage clocks were made around 1890 to 1920. Genuine Antiques.
They can be fitted with a variety of Escapements mostly Cylinder or Lever
They keep reasonably good time, but expect some adjusting.
They are made from brass and either polished and sometimes lacquered or gilded.
The glass panels that allow you to see the movement are made from beveled glass, as these can get chipped and broken it's not uncommon to find one or more of these replaced with Acrylic.
One important point of recent note is that the Chinese have taken a shine to these clocks, and are mass producing copies/fakes.
Some of these clocks are very good copies, and can be difficult to spot.
If the dial bears the words Made in France in a rather larger font than you would expect, then be suspicious.
If the clock has Enameled side panels with pictures of Cherubs with butterfly nets, again very suspicious.
Do a search and see how many clocks say, location From China in the postage section look closely at the clocks and compare them to the one you're interested in.
Genuine French Carriage Clocks are nice to collect are very pretty to look at and have a nice architectural appearance.
Some general clock information. You will often see the comment clock seems to be over wound, what this really means is the clock is either so gummed up with old oil that it will not run, or something is broken.
All the best and good luck bidding
French Carriage Clocks General info and Buying Guide
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25 May 2012
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