The dial is silvered bronze with engraved numerals, acanthus bezel and original beautifully cut and blued steel hands.
The French movement is by Honoré Pons and is of high quality. It is the early, large plated version of of the Paris movement with silk suspension. It is in excellent clean and running condition having been fully overhauled by our clockmaker. Pendulum is original. It runs for 8 days and strikes the hours and halves on a bell. Click the video below to hear the bell and watch the clock running.
Condition of the case is excellent, the original gilding is beautifully clean and bright with some wear, discolouration and marks. The wear is more pronouced to the rear of the case as this was not as heavily gilded as the front originally. The greyhound is clean and bright with fresh lacquer to protect the finish with some marks and discolouration. Dial has a good, even silvering.
This fine clock was made by Honoré Pons, a Parisian clockmaker who settled in Saint-Nicolas in 1807. He revived and industrialised clockmaking, and Saint-Nicolas became a major centre for clockmaking, known throughout France and Europe.After the French Revolution, Saint-Nicolas d’Aliermont suffered a severe economic crisis. Unemployment was rife and misery overcame the Plateau d’Aliermont. Alerted by Savoye-Rollin, the Prefect of the department of Seine-Inférieure, Jean de Champagny, the Minister of the Interior, asked the Académie des Sciences to find, as soon as possible, a competent man who could save the clockmaking industry in Aliermont. Honoré Pons, a young and inventive clockmaker, was thus recommended for the job. A highly skilled clockmaker, Pons transformed Saint-Nicolas into a centre for clockmaking. He was one of the pioneers of large-scale industrialisation in France and had considerable influence.
Complete with original pendulum, bell and a suitable key. Full setting up instructions supplied if required.
About us - All of our clocks are original antiques, we source most of our clocks in France, Belgium, the Netherlands and the UK. We prefer to buy our clocks in original 'dirty' condition. We then clean the cases using a technique we have developed over many years. We employ two qualified clockmakers who overhaul the movements. Movements are thoroughly tested until we are satisfied that they will run trouble free.
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