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Petit Sonnierie Carriage clock| Tick Tock Thursday

This week is all about complicated carriage clocks, this particular model is quite rare in it being a selectable Grand Sonnierie/Petit Sonnierie striking carriage clock with three dial calendar works. As you can see, the photos are a before picture before we complete a full overhaul of the movement and case for a customer. The fully engraved Gorge case has been sent off for re-gilding while we totally dismantle, repair and polish the unusual movement.

As detailed in the photo, This petit sonnierie features two names on it firstly, down the side it says “13600. Le Roy et Fils. 13 Et 15. Palais-Royal. Paris.”. Also, On the back plate the Drocourt stamp can clearly be seen although it looks slightly smudged. It is almost certain that this clock was manufactured by Drocourt (his number 23400) and also retailed by Le Roy. We will be polishing this clock using an age old tradition of using Chalk. It gives a finish that cannot be replicated using modern products.

Petit Sonnierie carriage clock mechanism and face
petit sonnierie carriage clock face rectangular in shape
movement for the petit sonnierie clock
movement for the petit sonnierie clock
movement for the clock

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Grand Sonniere Striking Clock | Tick Tock Thursday

Its Tick Tock Thursday and this week has seen us fully restore an early Grand Sonniere Striking Austrian clock from the Bedermeier period. This particular clock did look very sorry for itself with worn case, missing mother of pearl and very worn movement. Dating from around c1820. Grand Sonniere clocks whilst short in duration clocks were prized for there fine complicated movements. The case has been repaired and re-ebonized, the delicate mother of pearl has also been cleaned and replaced where needed. These early clocks are not to be confused with the later mass produced models as these are totally hand made. The miniature movement is rammed with wheels and levers therefore there isn’t much room for everything to work as it should! This clock also features a pull repeat and also an ingenious “silence” lever hidden in the dial surround. It is now for sale! Interested?

grand sonniere striking clock. a black clock with pillars holding up the clock face from both sides. a pendulum dangles below the middle of the clock face
Movement in place
sonniere clock movement on base of clock
empty clock face hole
Grand sonniere clock face

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Sonniere Carriage Clock |Tick Tock Thursday

This week we have been working our way into a very complicated Grand Sonniere carriage clock with three subsidiary dials for day, date and month. The clock has a lever that protrudes under the base to select Petit Sonniere, Grand Sonniere and silent. Grand Sonniere means that the clock strikes the hour on one gong (ding) and the quarter hour on two gongs (as in ding-dong) .. every quarter of an hour! i.e…. at half past three, it will strike.. ding-dong, ding-dong for half past.. then ding, ding, ding for three o’clock.. simples.

On another note, we will be shut tomorrow and Saturday while I travel to Switzerland. Apart from the obvious clock theme, we will be a attempting to climb the north face of the Eiger! Well, to be truthful, we will be travelling on the Junfraujoch railway to the highest station in Europe which happens to be on the top of the tallest mountain in Europe! But I will be “climbing” onto the train. We reopen Tuesday as normal.

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