A miniature French brass travel clock, circa 1880.
Miniature carriage clock
Paul Garnier started producing a type of travel clock around 1830 which was relatively cheap but of good quality. This type soon proved to be popular and many other clockmakers strated making these carriage clocks. In the first decades of production these clocks were mostly functional and less decorative. But from the middle of the 19th Century on, more decorative models were introduced that fitted well in the interiors of the homes of the prosperous. By doing this, the makers catered for a different part of the market looking to increase their sales. Around 1870 a smaller type of clock movement was development making it possible to produce miniature carriage clocks. The smaller dimensions not only make these clocks sort of endearing and easy to place, they are also more collectible.
The 2.5-cm enamel dial has Roman numerals and is fitted recessed in an engine turned silvered mask. The slender hands have pierced ornate tips.
The spring drivel movement has screwed down plates and is of eight day duration. It is regulated by a platform anchor escapement in combination with bi-metallic balance, The back plate is marked AB Depose.
The quality brass case is of the corniche case type. It is surmounted by a carrying handle and has beveled glass panels on all sides. With the top glass panel which makes the escapement visible which is an attractive feature.