Rare French "Delespaul Havez * chocolat au lau" marked on this Chocolate Gallery Advertising Clock Circa 1920 to 1950 !!! Dial is in Fantastic condition due to the second round Glass Dial Cover mounted over it. That's right, it has double Glass protection.
Post WW-1 "Victory Torches and Wreath" Stylish Theme, which is done in plaster decoration over top of the Wood Dial Door. Highlighted with Gold Paint, over a Dark Chocolate Black background.
All Original French Clock & French Round Brass Movement, with back of Dial and Pendulum Bob are all marked with #820, and movement is also #820 over 55. The metal & Glass Dial is held in place with 3 Very Long Taper Pins, (like long Victorian hair/hat Pins) which thread into the 3 dial Pillar Posts. As 2 of the 3 of the heads can be seen just below the dial in the third photo.
Brass 8 day Time Only Movement has been Serviced on 8-17-16 and is in fine running order.
Some normal black touch ups done to the plaster chips on the sharp edges.
Measures : 16 inches high, 14 inches wide, and 5 1/2 inches deep.
Weight : 8 Pounds, and 0.0 Ounces.
Historical Notes on the Delespaul-Havez French chocolate company : Founded in 1848 by Mr. Delespaul Havez it is one of the oldest chocolate houses in France for the production of chocolates and confectionery. Which had specialized in the manufacture of coated tablet and candy chocolate . The workshops occupied the various floors of a house located in Lille, opposite the ancient theater near the Parisian Passage, and whose sign was "the Godfather generous". The business quickly prospered since 1848, Mr. Delespaul enlarges its workshops and began making chocolate in tablets. At the time of the expansion of the city of Lille, buildings were expropriated for the drilling of the Faidherbe Street today. Mr. Delespaul transferred his workshop rue Nationale where he established a factory chocolate and confectionery which enjoyed growing prosperity. The plant, devastated during the 1914-1918 war, was destroyed by fire in 1922, rebuilt on modern planes, it is more important today in our region. The reputation of the Delespaul-Havez brand lies in the care taken in the selection of raw materials, the regularity of its manufacture and quality of all its products, which earned him numerous awards in various exhibitions: Le Havre exhibition in 1868, shows Beauvais in 1869, to Paris in 1896, to Brussels in 1897, Grand Prix at the exhibition Lille in 1897, out of competition at the 1900 universal exhibition in Paris and exhibitions of Lille in 1902, of ' Arras in 1904 of Liège in 1905, of Tourcoing in 1906 from Lille in 1907, to London in 1908 to Brussels in 1910, of Roubaix in 1911 of Strasbourg in 1919, etc., to the Grand Prix achieved at international exhibitions of Antwerp and Liege in 1930. The daily production of its various products marked a steady increase: 2 000 kg produced per day in 1890 passed successively to: 6000 kg 1900 9000 kg 1910 18,000 kg in 1920, 26 000 kilograms in 1928 28,000 kg in 1930 to reach 37,000 kg per day in 1950.
Ref. Many thanks to Wikipedia.
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