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The Surprising History of Antique Carriage Clocks

Antique carriage clocks have a rich past and add character to any residence’s decor. Carriage clocks have a surprisingly intriguing saga that makes them exceptional antique items to collect. From their astonishingly bloody origins to their significant historical impact, carriage clocks are antiques that have carved their place in the annals of time.

How the Antique Carriage Clock Got Its Name

Unlike other inventions with more obscure name origins, carriage clocks have a reasonably straightforward history. During the 19th century, inventors specifically designed these clocks for travel. The carriage clock’s primary feature is its handle, which was often quite ornate. It seemed obvious to call them carriage clocks as they can quite literally be carried places. However, they’ve held other titles, like Officers’ clocks. This alternative name originated because armies on the move often used these clocks.

How Do Carriage Clocks Work?

Although the main feature of carriage clocks was their handle, the interior mechanics are just as fascinating. Antique carriage clocks are spring-driven clocks with a balance and balance spring. These two features are integral to the clock’s foremost goal of telling the time accurately. Another unique aspect of carriage clocks is the platform escapement. In many models, carriage clocks have a glazed aperture to showcase the platform escapement better. These additions allowed the carriage clocks to be portable and replace the clunkier pendulum based clocks of the time.

Disadvantages and Advantages of Carriage Clocks

The antique carriage clock comes with its share of disadvantages and advantages like every other clock. Let’s look at a disadvantage first. Carriage clocks used to be a popular gift. Employers would often give their retiring employees or loyal staff members a carriage clock. However, as humanity enters the modern era of technology, traditions like these have faded from popularity. For people who prefer an abstract and contemporary aesthetic, antique objects like carriage clocks won’t be practical.

Despite this drawback, antique carriage clocks have several distinct advantages. Because of their relatively small design and classical appearance, the carriage clock is a perfect fixture in most households. It adds charm and character to home offices and proudly decorates the mantel. It may seem cliché to call it a timeless antique, but carriage clocks have genuinely integrated themselves into the average residence far more than its contemporaries. Many people find their portability and compact size makes them superior to a gigantic pendulum clock. Carriage clocks combine practicality and style for people who prefer a classic, non-digital clock.

 

The Surprising History of Carriage Clocks

As mentioned previously, carriage clocks have a stunningly dark and bloody history. Like many inventions, people created carriage clocks because of the demands of those in power, and in the 19th century France, there was no one more powerful than Emperor Napoleon. Abraham-Louis Breguet invented the very first carriage clock for Napoleon in 1812. Napoleon is famous for his military campaigns, and carriage clocks became an integral part of battles.

Because of their portability, carriage clocks were used by officers in the army to tell the time. Clocks with pendulums, which were popular at the time, could not be carried without damaging the internal mechanics. So, for soldiers always on the move, carriage clocks provided an enormous advantage.

Overtime, carriage clocks slowly trickled into casual French society, although the best designs remained in the wealthy’s houses as a sign of prestige. In Saint-Nicolas d’Aliermont, a clockmaker called Armand Couaillet started a factory to mass-produce this new type of clock. From 1880 and 1920, his business created and distributed thousands of carriage clocks as the general public embraced them. Carriage clocks became such a wildly popular alternative to the pendulum clocks of the time that they spread across the globe to countries like England and America. It’s not an understatement to claim they significantly impacted history and revolutionised technology.

A few particularly famous antique carriage clocks are any models from the original inventor Breguet. After his first invention, Breguet made about 90 other carriage clocks. These would now be extremely rare and valuable.

Serious collectors will look for certain case styles ,case sizes or makers like: Dent, Frodsham, Cole, Vulliamy, Drocourt, Jacot.

Find an Antique Clock Today

If you’re looking for an antique clock of your own, we have several antique carriage clocks, but also antique mantel clocks for sale and antique wall clocks for sale. Keep an eye on our assortment as it changes regularly. Not quite sure what you want? Let us know, and we can quickly source it for you. Although our primary location is in Perth, Australia, we can ship to places nationally and internationally, like Australia, the United Kingdom, Ireland, and the United States of America. We pride ourselves on collecting the most classic and beautiful antique clocks.

 

Antique Barometer of the month October 2020

The barometer that we have chosen as the Barometer of the month in October 2020 is the Antique French Louis XVI (16) gilded wall barometer. This beautiful Antique Barometer contains a lot of details in its design. The typical giltwood used for this barometer gives this barometer its elegant look and feel, which is complemented by the dial that has been painted as well. It has been signed with “Paris” roughly 240 years ago ca. 1780.

We have this antique barometer for sale here: https://dutchtimepieces.com/product/136/

French gilded wall barometer

Antique Clocks – Buyer beware: Originals, Fakes & Bad marriages

At Dutch Antiques, we do not only have antique clocks for sale, we also educate on antique clocks. We know all about antique grandfather clocks with their popular pendulums, either floor models or wall mounted; antique bracket clocks with their weight driven pendulums; the classic mounted antique wall clock; antique carriage clocks, unique devices designed with springs and for travel; antique chronometers which are used for astronomy and marine navigation; the turret, or tower, clock, which you’ll find high up in public buildings; and the electric clock.

The market is flooded with flat out scammers and, sadly, dealers who don’t really know the value of their merchandise and can’t give buyers the best deal. The internet has made the sales of fakes even easier as often people buy without seeing the clocks first and sometimes it’s harder to check the credibility of the seller. Clocks can be found, but it can be a chore to verify originals, or to gauge bad marriages and fakes.

The first thing we suggest is never take an unknown dealer at face value. Many are honest and reliable, but some are not and others simply lack the necessary education. Always work with a highly regarded and experienced company like Dutch Antiques when dealing with antique clocks.

A trusted dealer will be on point. We’ll know how similar clocks have been valued in the market. We can assess the condition, including if the clock has been altered. A good antique dealer will gauge preservation, cleanliness, working parts, and any other factor that impacts a clock’s worth. We look at resale value based on matters like relative desirability and rarity.

While the craftsmanship of the clockmaker who made the clock and prior ownership can play a part in value the biggest influencer will be condition. Naturally, the better the condition the more the clock is worth. A working clock is far more desirable than one that doesn’t. An unrestored clock versus the same clock with its original glass replaced will change the dynamic. You want to look at decorative elements, labels, and intact signatures.

Where your trusted dealer really plays their part is in security and protection. While uninformed dealers are ready to learn, scammers will outright use your lack of knowledge to their advantage. We’ve had customers walk in to have their already purchased antique clock assessed and was forced to sadly inform them that they’ve been the victim of fraud.

Dutch Antiques carries a variety of antique clocks for sale. Our assortment is quite divers and dynamic as each product is unique. If we don’t have what you’re looking for, let us know. We’ll put our vast resources to work and find the clock you’re searching for. We’re based in Perth, Australia, but we sell our antique clocks internationally and can ship to many locations worldwide.

 

Antique bracket or mantel clocks

Antique clocks are a joy to own and study. Whether you’re a new home owner or just looking to celebrate a special event, investing in an antique clock is a wonderful way to add beauty and elegance to your home.

Format Choice

If you have a fireplace, sideboard or cupboard, you may be tempted to invest in a antique mantel clock. Many of these clocks are built in a long, sweeping curve that features the face of the clock in prominence. If you have the space on your mantel, this form of clock is quite eye-catching and will suit most any decor.

The antique bracket clock, similar in construction the older British lantern clock, was designed with a handle on the top and was built to be mounted on a matching bracket. This bracket was fastened to the wall and served to hold the clock steady. The only thing on the bracket was the clock; it served in a manner similar to a free-standing grandfather clock, though it was smaller and easier to relocate. Mantel clocks would stand on the mantel shelf over the fireplace.

Early Styling and Later Modifications

The earliest antique bracket clocks date from the 1660s. The Dutch clockmakers who developed this clock actually started by hanging them on the wall via two iron loops on the back panel of the body of the clock. The custom bracket, suited to each maker, was developed later.

Many bracket clocks were designed with an irregular base; that is, they would never have been able to sit on a mantel because the base was curved, rounded or pointed. Over time, many clocks with this feature were altered to have a flat base, so an antique bracket clock could function either on the bracket or on a sturdy shelf or mantel.

 

Antique Mantel Clocks sizes

The size of a standard mantel clock didn’t change greatly until it was manufactured in the Americas. Because early American clockmakers used wooden workings and weights inside the clocks, the footprint and case of the clock were quite a bit larger. Many antique mantel clocks originally produced in the states were nearly 18 inches long and 12 inches high. For an antique mantel clock of that size to look well balanced, the fireplace mantel would need to be sizable.

However, once the spring wound mechanism manufacturing style was adopted by American clock makers, the mass production of these clocks took off. An antique mantel clock with an anniversary date on the interior was likely created after 1901. While it may be less valuable than an older clock, it will certainly be a beloved keepsake for years to come, and quite easy to repair by a qualified clock maker.

 

Which antique bracket clock to buy?

While it may be challenging to find an antique bracket clock with the original base or the original bracket, we can help you find just the right clock for whatever display area you are looking to fill. Our selection is quite expansive, with many antique mantel clocks for sale but our offering is dynamic as each clock is unique and clocks get sold and new ones are available for sale again. We offer clocks in a variety of sizes. In addition, our expertise is well known in the clock community, so if we don’t have the clock you’ve been seeing, please let us know and we shall be happy to source it for you. Geographically, we are located in Perth, Australia, but we ship both nationally and internationally, including regions including the rest of Australia, the UK, Ireland and the USA.

 

Antique clock of the Month – August 2020

This month we haven’t selected an industrial clock with a design that’s uncommon. In contrary, this month’s Clock of the Month has a design that is familiar for everyone.  The Siemens double sided clock has a design that is seen in many metro and train stations. With a silver case and a clear white dial clock face with black rectangles to represent the time. Because it is double sided you can place this clock in locations that are usually not suitable for clocks.

Siemens double sided clock

You can find this industrial wall clock for sale over here: https://dutchtimepieces.com/product/siemens-double-sided-clock/

Signatures on antique items

Signatures on antique clocks

Most antique clocks (for sale) will have signature of the clockmaker on them as a sign of authenticity. You can also use the signature to date the clock. By using a good reference book for clock signatures you can match the signature on the clock with the one in the reference book, giving you more context of the date and clockmaker. There are several reference books, such as La Pendule Francaise, Vienna Regulators and Factory clocks and many more. As you start collecting clocks from in a specific style or from a specific country you can look for more specialised reference books.

The location of the signature can very a bit. Often it’s on the dial or backplate. They can either be engraved on brass dials or on they can be painted when the dial itself is already painted. Sometimes signatures are accompanied by trademarks and numbers at the backplate, but not for the older antique clocks.

What are lantern clocks?

A very unique style clock is a lantern clock. The name is most likely derived from the shape as it is shaped like a lantern. The distinct look consists of 4 pillars in the corners standing on short feet. This construction combined with the single finial holding the top bell give antique lantern clocks their distinct look. The mechanics of the clocks changed halfway through the 17th century with the invention of the pendulum.

Although many believe the name of the lantern clock is derived from its shape, there is another theory as well. The reasoning behind this is that the material these clocks were made off is the reason they are called this way as Latten is loosely referred to the materials many lantern clocks were made of. These clocks became popular around the 17th century up to the 19th century and were mainly popular in the France, England and Italy.

If you are looking for specific clocks, please visit our “antique clock for sale” section on our website. We update the assortment on our website regularly, so make sure you come back to see our latest offering.

Clock of the Month – No. 752

Sometimes when you get your hands on a specific antique item, you feel the joy in your entire body. This clock of the month is one of those items. It’s number 752 in this range that has been produced and it has been designed by the famous clock maker John Bruce Liverpool.

The Liverpool chronometer is a beauty.
liverpool antique chronometer number 752

The chronometer has been placed on top of a perspex stand for a better view of this great chronometer. It originates back to around 1870.

Please view this antique chronometer here: https://dutchtimepieces.com/product/liverpool-chronometer/ if you have any questions, feel free to get in touch with us. We sell and ship products internationally. Contact us for shipping information.

 

 

Clock buying 101 series – Where to buy?

When you are looking at antique clocks for sale you may not be sure where to go. In the modern era many people start their search online. Generally speaking there are three places where you can buy an antique clock: a local specialist clock shop, at an auction or in antique shops.

As you may expect you can find the largest amount of antique clocks at specialist clock shops. The advantage is that there is specialist knowledge about clocks at these shops. Even if your clock requires repair at a certain stage, you will find that clock shops often have the skills and knowledge to repair clocks. Please refer to our article on how to find the right clock maker to repair your clock.

Another advantage besides the repair skills and knowledge is that the owner of the clock shop has vast knowledge about clocks, their history and authenticity. You will also have plenty of time to look around, ask questions and even come back another day. At Dutch Antique Time Pieces we have experience since 1976, nearly 45 years ago.

Dutch Antique Time Pieces Shop Perth

At auctions you have limited time and information before you have to decide to buy the clock. There is also the pressure of time, which is usually an advantage to the people with a lot of knowledge, but not for the beginner as they cannot assess the value, authenticity and state of a clock.

In antique shops you don’t feel the time pressure of auctions, which is good. But as they are not specialised in clocks, they can often only give you limited information about antique clocks, let alone that you can come back if any problems arise.

We sell a wide variety of clocks and scientific instruments from our local shop in Nedlands (Perth), Western Australia. However we have clients all around the world who are looking for antique clocks. Just come into our antique clock store and we are more than happy to help you with any enquiries.

An overview of antique carriage clocks

In the dawn of the 19th century, France made significant advancement in portable clock- and watchmaking, and one of the exports from the French scene was the carriage clock. Also known as officer clocks. They are portable spring-driven clocks that were suitable for travelling, considering their portability.

As most of them were made in the early 19th century, with the first coming out in 1812 for Emperor Napoleon, they are an important clock for antique clock collectors. A French company called Armand Couaillet manufactured several pieces of the carriage clocks for almost four decades from 1880 to 1920.

Carriage Clocks are a unique collector’s item that features in several galleries. If you love antique items, you definitely would want an antique carriage clock decorating your room or space.

Design & style of the antique carriage clocks

Most of the carriage clocks assume a cube or cuboidal design and feature a handle atop it. The handle and its relatively lightweight lends it its portability quality. The body’s material ranges from fine wood to metal. The standout pieces featured precious metal such as silver or gold with some going as far as to include diamonds.

The operating mechanism is a balance spring, which at the time of their invention were an upgrade from the pendulums. They feature a glass screen that covers the face, mostly made of porcelain or enamel.

The antique carriage clocks feature an almost similar design of a three-dimension package that houses the timepiece.  The characteristic shape is a cube with a square face though rectangular faces assuming a cuboidal form also feature prominently. There are spherical and cylindrical clocks that you can also look into.

Some companies went out of their way with creativity and came up with carriage clocks in figurine forms. The figures could be people, animals, monuments, and some even took the shape of the globe. A vital component of the carriage clocks is the winding key. The winding key is for setting time.

Where to buy?

The manufacturing of the clocks plummeted in the mid-20th century and started becoming rare by the day. Getting one these days is not as easy as it were a century ago and as such, it is one of the most sought after collector’s items.

If interested in getting one, either for your gallery or your living room, you need to get a trusted dealer to get you an authentic item. We have several clocks in our assortment, check our antique carriage clock page.

Home Décor

The carriage clock was meant for travelling where you could have it with you on a journey, wielding it by its handle. However, with time, it became an excellent home addition and featured in several living rooms and office desks. They still feature prominently in these areas though with a depreciating frequency.

For your home, it can improve the aesthetic value, especially if you seek a French vintage outlook with hints of classiness. Having it with other vintage and antique items such as paintings and tables bring out classic complementation. It is also a nice fit for your gallery collection where you can have it alongside other collectables.

Maintenance

An essential factor in maintenance is that they have the glass screen that protects the timepiece from natural agents of wear and tear. You need to properly clean the entire casing, which is usually quite straightforward considering there are no moving parts.

Also, have the winding key safe in case you want to set time on the clock. Some of the carriage timepieces have a chamber where you put the winding tool safely. If there are any moving parts, it is prudent that you oil or grease them regularly. For antique wooden timepieces, dust the surface and apply some varnish to maintain its gleam.

In case your clock does break down, we offer clock repair. Just get in touch with us and we are happy to help you with your enquiry.