a Langres, Repu, France. June 1849. Serial No. 2. Movement without dome 12"w
x 11"h x 4"d. Hour and one-half hour rack and snail strike. Graham deadbeat
escapement, 1/2 seconds pendulum. Two week duration.
Click on the individual pictures to see some shots
of the restoration process.
This unusual looking clock anticipated the designs later used in many French flat-bed
style tower clocks. It was made before the standard flat-bed design became in the later
1850's. However, a type of flat bed arrangement was anticipated as early as the mid 1700's
by French maker Pierre Le Roy where he used brass or wrought iron bars dovetailed together
to make the bed. The trains, were a birdcage styled end-to-end design and placed upon the
bars. Each train was independent (however the wheels within each train were not).1
It was a precursor to the modular flat bed designs of tower clocks begun in the
latter 1800's. This clock anticipates the true flat bed design where each wheel is laid
side-by-side in a linear fashion. This is the earliest example I know of a true lineal
wheel layout reflected in a domestic clock.
The decorative knurled strike counter-weights are positioned in a manner similar that
of a tower clock. Compare this to the two French clocks found in the tower clock section
of this web site. Click here and here
to view each one. The high quality movement has blued screws throughout as well as five
wheels in the going train, six in the strike train. The clock as found was in poor
condition. Likely the wood stand is a later replacement. It probably was originally
supported by brass pillars and base.
1. Antiquarian Horology, Vol. 11,
No. 2. "Turret Clocks - A Review Of Their Evolution", D. F. Nettell