A small Gorge carriage clock by Henri Jacot. The eight-day duration movement strikes the hours and half-hours 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 with the makers serial number 12405. The backplate of the movement is stamped with the Henri Jacot trademark, a South African Grey parrot on a perch with the initials H.J. either side, along with the serial number 10229, whilst the inside of the plates are stamped with the Jacot oval poinçon showing the various exposition award dates; the last on this example being the silver medal awarded at the Paris Exposition of 1878. The white enamel dial has black Roman numerals, Arabic outer five-minute numerals and blued steel moon hands. The base and lower rim of the Gorge case are both stamped with a repeat of the serial number 10229, giving a date of manufacture of circa 1893.Leigh Extence notes: For further details of Henri Jacot and his family see my 2013 Exhibition catalogue: Henri Jacot: An Exhibition of Carriage Clocks.Height: 6 inches (15.5cms) inc. handle.Please click on images to enlarge: Any additional images are shown below
I have been researching the clocks and lives of Henri Jacot and his family for a number of years now and have unearthed information hitherto unknown which has greatly added to our knowledge of the family 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 2013 Jacot Exhibition of some forty-plus clocks as well as revealing some of the previously unknown history of Jacot. This research, along with that on the Drocourt family, is still on-going an I would be most grateful to hear of any clocks by both Jacot & Drocourt to add to my database.