Here is a fine 19th Century Second Empire gilt metal and brass eight day table regulator clock. The façade of the clock features foliate decoration and volute feet on the lower portion. A male figure stands on the raised ground next to the movement casing holding a small bouquet .
The white enamel dial features Roman numeral s and Brequet-style, blued steel hands for the hours and the minutes. Above the X11 are two letters- R/A. This is a secondary fine timing adjustment. The letter R means retard or to slow it a bit and A indicates avance or to speed up just a bit. There is a slight scratch on the dial which extends just over the V1 chapter on the dial. The time and single bell movement is visible on the reverse. The movement also features a brass bob detachable gridiron pendulum which can be adjusted as well to fine tune the accuracy of the movement. The back plate features the makers stamp and movement numbers in addition to an additional stamp for La Croix de la Legion d'Honneur which he was awarded for his contributions to Horology.
The top center of the dial bears the name of the clockmaker and noted horologist Constantin- Louis Detouche (1810- 1889) Constantin was the head of The House of Detouche who were on the forefront of French Horology by combining artistic elegance with scientific precision. The dial has an abbreviation-Fseur which means fournisseur or provider as he was appointed as the official clockmaker to The City of Paris and to the Emperor Napoleon III as well as the Croix de Danneborg by the King of Denmark. During the mid 19c The House of Detouche presented at many Horological and Industrial Expositions where they would submit their latest and technologically advanced and complicated creations.
This clock measures 11"x 11" x 5" and overall 14" x 14" x 8 ½" in a period, ebonized oval wood base with a glass dome. There are some repairs to the top surface of the base, the dome has a fleabite on the bottom rim. The clock will chime once on the quarter hour and will ring the exact number of hours at the top of each hour. A winding key is also provided along with the clock.
150 years later this clock still keeps excellent time to the minute due to its extraordinary craftsmanship. It has been serviced by our clock repair person.