Here is a nice Antique French Fusee Shelf Clock for your buying consideration. Would make a great gift for a special occasion, or keep it for yourself!
Very unique piece here. This clock was probably made in the mid to latter 1800s period. This small shelf clock has a one day fusee movement in it. The fusee chain is in place and the clock does take a wind and runs.
Cannot find another clock like this one on the clock research sites that we refer to. Found a Rococo cartel clock that had the Couturier name on it. No others.
Nice looking porcelain face on the clock. No cracks or hairlines. Shows some finish loss. The very delicate hands are both still in place as well. The face has a beaded brass trim ring around it. The face hinges out from the left side to get access to the movement. There is no glass over the clock face, nor was there ever.
The brass movement still has a lot of it's original beauty. Some tarnishing or discoloration around a circular wheel on the back plate. Might this be a calendar for the clock as has markings on it from 0 to 31? Beautiful gold colored plate with elegant design on it over the escape wheel. The back of the movement has Couturier and Paris on it. We think Couturier means, "made in", not certain if also a makers name.
What really adds to the attractiveness of this clock is the case. A metal case with some sort of bronze lacquer on it. We see no cracks, splits, repairs, or missing pieces to report to you with the clock case. Great embossed images of a colonial scene on the front of the case. Seems to be some sort of battle scene on the front. Men holding a horse by the bridle on one of the sides and same on other side with a dog. Embossed Spider webs on the case on both sides just below the clock face. Some loss of finish to the case from age and use.
The back plate on the clock case is not flush on the back of the clock. Needs to be adjusted. There once was some sort of plaque at the base of the case on the front, no longer there. The bottom of the case has some sort of latch on it that is a turn piece. Have not been able to open that hinged door to take a look inside there.
This is a time only clock, no strike or chime. The clock's wind key is in place (a newer one). This clock has been running since we acquired it. Just cleaned and oiled the back plate pinion points. This clock is being sold in running condition. The wind spring and chain look and feels fine when wound.
Do not see anything to tell me that this clock movement and case have not been together from the beginning. So, appears not to be a marriage of two pieces. Certainly open to input from you folks out there that have more knowledge and background in this type of clock, than we do.
The clock stands 5.5" tall, by 5-11/16" across, by 2.75" wide. The clock face is 1.75" across. Let us know if you have any questions or need additional pictures.
The pictures provided both complement and supplement the listing description, so please look at them very closely as well. With old items, there is no way one can capture all the little imperfections in words, so the two media are meant to be the full description.
As can be expected when dealing with an antique clock, some adjustments may be needed after shipping to get the clock re-running correctly again as they can be very delicate. If you have not had experience with old mechanical clocks before, I would suggest you steer clear. One really needs to have the patience, and skill to work with these great works of art. They are not our modern plug in and go, or change the battery clocks. Please ask any questions relating to this matter, before you decide to purchase it.
Make sure that this clock meets your needs and requirements before deciding to acquire it. The item can be returned, there is a 10% restocking fee to do so. So, please carefully review all the attached pictures, ask all the questions you have, come see in person or send a friend to see the item on your behalf, prior to deciding to acquire it. Don't be shy to make an offer, we are always open to reasonable suggestions!
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