HOWELL JAMES REGENT ST LONDON REPEATING CARRIAGE CLOCK by RICHARD & Co c.1890
Description of the item
A large repeat striking French carriage clock by the very fine Victorian jewellers 'Howell James & Co. - to the Queen, Regent St London' the corniche case with bevel edge glass oval top window, and a clear enamel dial with black Roman numerals, outer minute chapter ring and blued steel spade hands. The 8 day movement by this eminent French horologist 'Richard & Co. Paris' having its original lever platform escapement with split bi-metallic temperature compensated balance wheel and blued steel hairspring strikes the hours and halves on a gong. Made in Paris this clock has the serial number 16 and of course is supplied complete with key. (France, c. 1890)
Information about maker
Richard & Co. was classed as one of the fine clockmakers of the 19th Century. Richard & Co. was founded in Paris as Lemaître & Bergmann in 1848. A branch was opened in London in 1857 and 10 years later became Richard & Co. of Cannon St London. In the Paris Exposition of 1889 Richard exhibited carriage clocks receiving an Honourable mention. In the Kellys trade directory of 1887 describes R & Co. clocks as being "All own made goods are of Guaranteed Quality and bear our Trade mark".
This clock bears the R & Co. trademark "R" and "C" with snake's head between.
The clock is in good condition and fully working. All glasses in good condition, the dial has a very very fine hairline to the lower left corner. The mechanism has been cleaned and serviced. Supplied with double ended winder.
Dimensions:- 18.5cms tall handle up, 9.5cms wide, 8cms deep
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