A finely engraved Gorge carriage clock by Drocourt of Paris. The eight-day duration movement strikes the hour and half-hour on a gong, with a repeat button to the top allowing the hour to be struck at will. The silvered platform lever escapement is stamped to the underside FR P 6401, these escapement makers’ initials having been seen on other platforms supplied to Drocourt during this period of manufacture. The movement backplate is stamped with the serial number 5820 along with the wording ‘Fast/Slow’ either side of the regulator index for adjusting the rate of timekeeping, with the inside of the plates stamped with the Drocourt trademark oval; the wording Drocourt, Paris, Fnt, (Fabricant or Maker), with the front of the frontplate stamped with the initials and serial number H.L. 12711, for the maker of the blanc roulant, Holingue frères. The white enamel dial has black Roman hour numerals, Arabic outer five-minute numerals, dots to the outer aspect and blued steel moon hands with a finely engraved gilded masked surround. The engraved Gorge case is of a style typical of this maker.Leigh Extence notes: For further details of Drocourt and Holingue frères see my 2014 Exhibition catalogue: Pierre & Alfred Drocourt: An Exhibition of Carriage Clocks, available via the Extence website.Height: 6 inches (16.2 cms) Handle up: 4¾ inches (handle down)Please click on images to enlarge: Any additional images are shown below
I have been researching the clocks and lives of Pierre & Alfred Drocourt, and their families, for a number of years now and have unearthed information hitherto unknown which has greatly added to our knowledge of them, as well as debunking some previously held views and confirming others that were of uncertain origin.To read a summary of my work please go to the exhibition page and view the catalogue that was published to coincide with my 2014 Drocourt Exhibition of forty-plus clocks as well as revealing some of the previously unknown history of Drocourt.This research, along with that on the Jacot family, is still on-going and I would be most grateful to hear of any clocks by both Drocourt & Jacot to add to my database.