An unusual French four glass mantle clock by Couaillet Freres, c1895. The clock is in a rectangular brass case with bevelled glass panels. Stepped base surmounted by a triangular pediment overlaid with a trailing ribbon and floral motif. Dentilated mouldings to frieze and base. White enamelled dial with black roman numerals and blued steel hands. An 8-day duration movement striking the hours and half-hours on a coiled gong. Mercury compensated pendulum with Brocot suspension. Movement stamped with maker's name (Couaillet Fres) within a medallion. Supplied with brass winding key. The clock is 31.5cm (maximum) in height. Base measures 17.5cm width and 13.5cm depth. Excellent time-keeper. Watch a short video of it striking (on our website). Fully cleaned and serviced but retaining its antique brass patina. The clock's movement is covered by our 12-month warranty in the UK.
This clock is in excellent working condition. No chips, cracks or any damage to the dial or glass panels. Brass case is in excellent condition. Please see further images on our website as these form an important part of the description.
Armand Couaillet (1865–1954) was a French clock maker from Saint-Nicolas-d'Aliermont in Normandy. In 1890 he started a business producing carriage clocks; shortly afterwards (in 1892) his three brothers join the business. By the turn of the century the company were primarily known as makers of carriage clocks, however Couaillet Freres also made different styles of mantle clocks around this time. During WWI, the focus of production switched to precision mechanical components for fuses, parts for aircraft engines and field telegraph systems. In 1919 Couaillet relaunched his horological business, producing primarily alarm clocks and timers. By 1925 the company was in financial difficulties and closed.
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