|Description: This clock is circa 1855-1860. The movement was made by Henri Vencenti, a famous French clockmaker when the French were considered the best clockmakers in the world in the mid to late 19th century. |
The movement runs for eight days and strikes the hours on a nice sounding bell while striking once on each half-hour. The dial is hard paste porcelain while the hands are hand filed cold steel which have been blued. The crystal is beveled. All parts have been stamped with a punch to insure the clock maker placed each part in its original position. The movement uses a recoil escapement and the pendulum is suspended by a suspension spring. Movement has been cleaned and oiled and is in good working order.
This most unusual clock case is composed of two bits, spur with working rowel, stirrup, round cylinder movement case and horse shoe. The horseshoe shows the fine metal craftsmanship with each nail head screw and nut numbered to fit the in its proper place as they were all hand filed to fit. Also various other parts have been numbered to insure proper fit.
The key is most unusual as it is shaped like two horseshoes and has a slide out adjuster that is used to insert above the 12 o'clock numeral on the dial to adjust the speed of the clock for accuracy.
The clock is approximately 10" tall.