For a number of years I have been holding an annual exhibition to coincide with the Honiton Antiques Festival. The last two have concentrated on the carriage clocks, and lives, of the great Parisian carriage clock making families; Jacot & Drocourt, with the catalogues containing a summary of my on-going research into both.The previous year I exhibited the watches, research and biography of Max Cutmore, a great collector of all types of watches & movements and an author of a number of books on watches under both the Cutmore name and his real name, D.H. Bacon.
2014: Drocourt: Carriage Clocks & Lives
Following on from my research into Henri Jacot, the family & their clocks, I was also doing the same for Pierre-Etienne Drocourt and his family. After some in-depth digging and research I was able to put together their story and again dispel many myths and inaccuracies, as well as build on some of the information already at hand. The research is far from over and continues alongside that of Jacot, with that published in this catalogue purely a summary.Although not in the catalogue, I have since manged to unearth the identity of the enigmatic H.L.; that unknown maker of the blanc roulants for not only Drocourt, but many other early carriage clock makers. It isn’t any of the widely suggested names.
2013: Jacot: Carriage Clocks & Lives
I first took an interest in the carriage clocks of Henri Jacot in the early eighties, and over time built up a fair amount of data on the clocks, but found information about the family extremely hard to come by. So I started undertaking the research, as well as buying as many of their clocks as possible and viewing others. Over the years I built up a great deal of information on Henri and his family, most unknown and previously unrecorded; including his place & date of birth, the real identity of his successor and nephew and their relationships with other makers, most notably the Drocourt family. It was also a wonderful moment to finally prove the identity of AB and his family; the maker of the complicated blanc roulants for the family.The catalogue includes a summary of the research that is still on-going.
2012: Max Cutmore Collection: English Pocket Watches
In 2011 I was approached by the son of Dennis Bacon (also known as the author Max Cutmore) with a view to dispersing his late Father’s collection of some 4,000 watches & movements, alongside all his research, correspondence and personal effects as relating to his collection. I decided to buy the whole lot and took six months to put together the main English watches & movements to form this exhibition, which also includes the books written by Cutmore and a number of his personal items.
Jacot & Drocourt
I believe I am the first person to concentrate on researching the history of the clocks & lives of these two great horological families; unearthing much material that was previously unrecorded.I would be most interested to hear of any clocks signed by either maker to add to my database; along with those stamped on the movement frontplates either H.L. or A.B. in script.