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Carriage clocks were originally designed as a portable time piece which could be taken on your travels in a horse and carriage. They have there origins in France in the early 1820’s where by the middle of the 19th century they were mass-produced in large numbers across France.
In England however they were made in limited numbers only for the more affluent members of society. They were made by London chronometer makers, and as such were expensive and of a superb quality, superior to any other clock then available in England. They had a balance wheel, rather than a pendulum escapement as these were not affected by movement.
We usually think of carriage clocks as having a brass or gilt case, with glazed panels to every side. However in England a wooden cased version appeared. This is typical of the style made in the London area between 1815 to 1845.
The style is sometimes called a four glass bracket clock; the dial glass isn’t included in the count! It is made from local Western Australian Jarrah, the first commodity to be exported from the growing colony of Western Australia. It is veneered with vavona, obtained from the roots of a sequoia tree.
The handle is a replica of the elaborate ones used on these clocks. It could be folded flat so the clock could be put into its case for taking on a journey. However, few were actually made with a separate carrying case. It is always good practice not to lift the clock by its handle.
The dentil molding around the top is typical of these clocks. The dial is a replica of the delicate engraved and gilded ones of the period. It has a gilded ‘sight ring’ around the dial.
Another typical feature of your clock is that it is wound and adjusted from the rear. This negates the need for a front opening door and holes in the dial.
Most four glass clocks would strike the hours on a coiled gong, this strikes the hours and half hours on two bells – a ting tang strike.
The movement is by Hermle of Germany, one of the few remaining mechanical clock makers. It has polished brass plates clearly visible through its four beveled lights.
The key is housed inside the back door.
-- Madburg WA