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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.


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.

Eight important dates for the development of antique clocks

Although the oldest clock is already thousands of years old in the form of a water clock or sundial, we saw a rapid development of clocks in the last 800 years.

We have identified 8 crucial developments since the first mechanical tower clock.

1275 – The mechanical tower clock

The first mechanical clock was made in 1275 and was made in Italy.

1656 – Pendulum

The Dutch scientist Christiaan Huygens invented the pendulum. This had a huge impact as the pendulum was a crucial component of many clocks that were built from that moment onward. He described his research in various works.

1671 – Anchor escapement

In hindsight a logical follow-up from the breakthrough by Huygens is the anchor escapement design. This design works together with the pendulum. In every swing the anchor escapement causes the pendulum to get a little push. Besides that it also helps the clock’s hand to move.

1674 – Balance spring

The third big discovery in 2 decades is again by Huygens, who was an important pioneer in the world of clocks in the 17th century. He invented the balance spring. The balance spring helps the balance wheel to oscillate with a resonant frequency. You can find more information on how a balance spring works on Wikipedia.

1761 – Chronometer

It took almost a century before the next invention moves the world of clock making. In 1761 John Harrison invented the H1 ships chronometer. As people were traveling a lot by ships, it was important to have an accurate idea of the time at various locations. This breakthrough invention helped overcome that challenge. An overview of available antique chronometers for sale can be found online.

1840 – Electric clock

At the end of the industrial era Alexander Bain invented and patented the first electric clock. In the first patended design the pendulum is kept moving forward by electromagnetic pulses. Antique electric clocks can also be found in our assortment.

1929 – Quartz Clock

Getting closer to modern clocks, the design of the quartz clock by W.A. Morison. This invention is used in most timekeepers of the modern era.

1948 – Atomic Clock

The atomic clock is the most precise timekeeper mankind knows and is used for various standards.

Antique longcase clocks – A clock that leaves a big impression

antique grandfather clock also called a longcase clockIf you are looking for a clock that will have a serious impact on the atmosphere of your living room or office it’s an antique longcase clock. The sheer size of these clocks make them very present anywhere they are positioned.

Longcase clocks are weight driven, where the weights are located in the tall floor-standing case. This is also the reason an alternate name for longcase clock is antique tall clock. It is said that the song “My grandfather’s clock” composed by Henry Clay Work is the reason the third name for these clocks is antique grandfather clocks.

The original dial was made of brass with a silvered chapter ring. In later days brass was replaced by painted wood. Besides the dial, ost of the materials of the longcase clocks are made of oak, walnut or mahogany. Because the base of the clock is so tall, there is a lot of room for decorations and customisation. This leads to a wide variety of these tall clocks.

Originally many longcase clocks were built in England from makers such as Knibb, Tompion and Fromanteel. But production got increased significantly when the Dutch started producing them as well in the 18th century.

Besides its size and beauty these clocks also have a high life expectancy when taken care of properly and they are often passed from generation to generation.

Are you looking for a longcase clock? Make sure you view our online category or come to our store in Nedlands, WA, Australia. If you can’t find what you are looking for, you can also send us an e-mail or give us a call as we also scout for specific clocks on request.

Clock buying 101 series – First questions to ask

Are you in the market of buying an antique clock? It may be your first antique clock and you are very excited and a bit overwhelmed by all the different clocks that are available. Whether you are buying an antique clock as an investment or because it fits your house perfectly, there are a few questions you can ask yourself before you purchase an antique clock.

What kind of clock do I want?

There are various types of clocks in terms of size and how you can place them in your home, in case you want to have it in your home. If you want a smaller clock that you can place on a shelf or cabinet an antique mantel clock can suit your needs. Or closely related a bracket clock.

If you are looking for a clock to be hung on the wall the most well known clock – the antique wall clock– is your best solution or the smaller bracket clock could work out for you as well.

Last but not least there is a very impressive and large tall standing antique grandfather clock. This clock is a real eye catcher in your living room.

Do I want a striking clock or a silent clock?

Ding, Dong, Ding Dong… The sound of a striking clock is loved by many. However not everyone enjoys the sound. Either they prefer no sound at all, or there is already clock making sound and you don’t want multiple antique clocks making sounds.

How often and which sound?

When you do prefer your clock to make a sound, there are a few varieties as well. Some clocks strike once an hour or every 30 minutes. Other strike every quarter (called a Westminster strike).  It’s not just the frequency however, there are some clocks that play melodies instead of classic sounds. A very general rule of thumb is if the dial has one hole it’s a silent clock, two holes it strikes every 30 minutes and with three holes it’s a Westminster strike.

What is the maximum I would like to spend?

Antique clocks start at a few hundred dollars for a clock. If you are looking at special collector’s items then of course the price can go up significantly. With the Rothschild Faberge Egg selling for €13.5 million in 2007.

Clock of the Month – January 2020

This month we are looking at a clock with a truly distinct look. The Ansonia “Navy” Clock.

At the heart of this clock there is a beautiful ship’s steering wheel with a clock in the middle. The edge of the clock is embedded with jewels which gives it a luxurious look.

Behind the steering wheel you can see an anchor with ropes at the base of the clock. The triangle shape is created by the oars. the design of the clock is finished with a flag at the top.

The clock is made of brass and silver and has a height of around 12 inches.

If you are looking for a clock with a distinct design, then this Ansonia Navy one day clock is the clock just for you.

Priced to sell, this Ansonia Navy Clock can be found at

Or have a look at our other Antique Mantel Clocks.

The beauty of antique wall clocks

Antique wall clocks are the perfect aesthetic addition to your living room. The word antique translates to well-aged with the items being over a century old. Presently, the ageing sneaks us into the Victorian era, where uniquely designed wall clocks were the order of the day.

Aside from the good looks of the wall clocks, their durability is excellent. If you set your mind on wall clocks, there are several things you need to keep in mind to get an authentic piece. Below are key points to look at when getting these fantastic timepieces.

Where to buy antique wall clocks?

Being antique usually results in not many of their type are widely available in good condition. At Dutch Antique Time Pieces we are specialised in finding antique wall clocks in excellent conditions. Every piece has a story to tell. We are always looking at how unique the clock is, the condition of the product and a wide variety of construction dates. We can even find clocks on demand if you are looking for something very specific. So please go through our antique wall clock assortment or contact us if you are looking for a specific item.

Design & style

The antique wall clocks come in various designs and sizes to meet your needs. There are the wooden types made entirely of high-quality polished hardwood that boost their durability. They are excellent if you want a nostalgic feeling ambience in your house and the slick finishing adds a touch of sophistication to your interior.

There are also metal wall clocks; some even made entirely out of metal while others feature wooden parts. They are durable, and due to their age, they feature a striking rustic appearance. Additionally there are steampunk-like clocks with Victorian-era influences in the design and feature exposed gears.

The face is also essential and feature stack colours such as grey, faded cream or pearl white. The digits are large, mostly Hindu/Arabic or Roman numerals. There might be minor decorations punctuating them, and you may opt for them if the design is appealing to you.

Apart from the different designs featured, there are also different styles. They range from the traditional mid-size wall clock, which most of the time assumes a circular configuration. The regulator clocks are another nostalgia-inducing wall art that features a pendulum.

Still looking at the pendulum, you also have the cuckoo clock that is also an excellent antique clock that is very popular.

At Dutch Antique Time Pieces we also have decades of experience repairing clocks.

How to find the right clock maker to repair your antique clock?

Repairing a clock is delicate work that requires deep understanding of the various components of a clock. Because there are many different clocks and mechanisms, this trade is not suitable for just anyone. It takes someone with a great appreciation of clocks, patience and precision. A clock has to be repaired in a way that it was originally constructed. If it is repaired the wrong way it can actually causes problems for the clock and devalue your clock.

If you have a clock that needs repairing, make sure you choose the right person to do the job for you. The first thing to look at is the qualification of the clockmaker. Secondly experience comes into play as with many expert trades. Last but not least, most clockmakers in Australia will be a member of the Clock & Watchmakers Australia.

With nearly 30 years of experience Jot of Dutch Antiques is a well-known clockmaker in Perth and surroundings in the Antique Clock market.

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Is my antique clock broken?

Do notice that antique clocks are not as precise as modern clocks. It’s quite common for antique clocks to deviate a few minutes every week. This is one of the characteristics of antique clocks, your clock is not broken. If you are still in doubt, contact us.

The three oldest significant clock inventions

The history of the clock can go back many thousand of years. The origin of the first clock is debatable as the sun was used to create timekeeping devices.

A major breakthrough however was the first mechanical tower clock, which was made in Italy in 1275.

It took over nearly 4 more centuries before the second significant invention took place. In 1656 Christiaan Huygens invented the pendulum which changed the clocks as we know them today. He didn’t just invent the pendulum, but he was also the first to derive the formula for the period of the pendulum. His researched was combined and published in 1673 in his work “Horologium Oscillatorium sive de motu pendulorum”.

The third invention followed Huygens’ discovery quite quickly. Only 15 years later Robert Hooke or William Clement came up with the anchor escapement. The design of the escapement looks simple, but the detail is in the simplicity. This invention works well together with the pendulum as it maintains the swing of the pendulum giving it a push each swing. The wheels of the escapement also help the clock’s hand to move forward.

An overview of antique clocks can be found in our online shop or in our store located in Perth, Western Australia.

Clock of the Month – October – Winterhalter & Hoffmeier

A piece of history with a story. This Winterhalter & Hoffmeier mantle clock (ca 1880) is loved by collectors. The origin of the company goes back all the way to 1810 when Thomas Winterhalter founded his firm. He moved in with the family Friedenweiler a few years later. But it wasn’t until the 1850’s when the company was called Winterhalder & Hoffmeier when Johannas Hoffmeier got involved. Since then the company has had several minor name changes until it eventually had to close its doors due to problems related to the First World War.

This beautiful clock has an oak case and 8 day movement. This clock is of a high quality standard as it is made in the Black Forest. The oak case is beautifully combined with the silver engraved dial.

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