The eight-day duration movement strikes the hours and half-hours on a bell, with a push button repeat at will to the top and is fitted with a platform lever escapament with a frost-gilt finish and club-tooth escape wheel. The backplate is engraved with both the arrow stamp and design of the word ‘Hands’ as used by Henri Jacot and is numbered 519. The lower part of the backplate is signed in script for the retailer Aubert & Klaftenberger, Geneve.The white enamel dial has black Roman hour numerals, blued steel trefoil hands and is also signed to the centre for Aubert & Klaftenberger, Geneve, and has a subsidiary alarm dial. The rear of the dial is marked for the dial maker Étienne Valat, who was working at rue Montmorency 7, just a few doors from Jacot.The solid ebony cannalée case is inlaid with brass stringing and has a typical early Jacot style handle and oval glass to the top.The movement is identical to others seen as signed for Henri Jacot, including number 489 made a few months prior to this example in the early 1850’s at his workshops in the centre of Saint-Nicolas-d’Aliermont, a town outside Dieppe famous for producing some of the finest clocks and movements of the period. Some features used would appear unique to the movements of Jacot and were still used for a time in the clocks manufactured a few years later, in the mid-1860s, when their first more well-known clocks were made, those stamped with their oval poincon and then HJ trademark. This clock was made before the business became more commercial, under the leadership of Henri’s brother Julien and then nephew Albert Jacot, and was made in what I term Period II, from when, my research confirms, that Henri Jacot had set-up his workshops in the town in 1853.Height: 5 inches (13 cms): handle down: 6 inches (16 cms): handle upPlease 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.