A Louis XVI pendule d'officier, a Swiss travelling clock made around 1780-90.
Nr. 38. A Louis XVI pendule d'officier, a Swiss travelling clock made around 1780-90. The fire gilt brass case is of classic design with ornaments to the sides, the front and the top. Surmounted by a ‘ourobouros’ carrying handle. A snake eating its own tail, symbolizes the circular nature, the eternal return or cyclicality. It has an enamel dial with an Arabic chapter ring, which is protected by a door with a convex glass. The time is indicated by two pierced gilt brass hands on the enamel dial, which has Arabic hour, Arabic quarter, five-minute and minute divisions. Two day going work with verge escapement and balance with balance spring and regulation. Striking mechanism of striking on a bell the hours and half hour. Pull-quarter striking on two bells. The movement is constructed between round plates and driven by springs in spring barrels. Also alarm function. The alarm time is indicated by a blued steel central hand on the chapter ring. The clock is in excellent condition. HxWxD 19x13x10 cm
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