This object is eligible for a Certificate of BADA Provenance
About the object
A Gorge cased French carriage clock by Alfred Drocourt. The eight-day duration timepiece movement has a platform lever escapement and is stamped on the backplate with the serial number 21421 along with the trademark for Drocourt, the initials D.C. either side of a clock within an oval, with a further Drocourt trademark stamped between the plates along with the blanc roulant movement number 8078.
The white enamel dial has black Roman numerals, Arabic five-minute outer numerals and blued steel spade hands, with the rear of the dial plate scratched with a repair mark for F. Hooke, Oct 1903.
The gilded gorge case has the usual five-bail handle.
It is quite unusual to find a gorge case carriage clock by this maker housing a timepiece movement, the norm being for striking examples.
Pierre Drocourt, born 1819, founded the Drocourt clock-making business in Paris in 1853 with his son Alfred, born 1847, taking over in 1872. The blancs roulants, rough movements, were made in Saint-Nicolas-d'Aliermont, a town outside Dieppe, where Drocourt had workshops until their sale in 1904, being premises purchased from Holingue frères in 1875 who had previously supplied Drocourt. The clocks were then finished ready for sale at their workshops at 28 Rue Debelleyme, Paris; previously Rue Limoges.
For further details of Drocourt and their working practices see my 2014 Drocourt Exhibition catalogue, available to view via the website