A Lovely Old Comtoise Clock From Nw France

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Seller: rockerwriter (2,083) 100%, Location: Cheltenham, Ships to: Free Local Pickup, Item: 153087602055 This proud old clock is in full working order, runs for 8 days and strikes the hours and half hours on a deep, resonant spiral gong. This is not exactly rare, but less usual than striking on a bellIn common with all Comtoise clocks, it repeats the hour strike after about two minutes, and has a pull repeat cord whereby earlier owners could find out the hour during the night without having to light a candle to look at the dial.According to lots of pencilled scrawl by the cabinet maker, on the back board, it dates from around 1887. I could be wrong about this, but it fits with style of the clock.The ornate pendulum bears the lettering ‘E (or G) C’ and ‘DEPOSE’ . Based on my previous researches, ‘E (or G) C’ would be the person responsible for the repousse design and ‘DEPOSE’ is to do with patent protection.The enamelled dial, usually quite plain, has an attractive pink cartouche design round each of the roman numerals. The hands are matching brass. And the movement, encased in its protective box with both side doors (usually missing) in place, has been correctly cleaned and oiled. New cords are also fitted.The case has collected its fair share of bumps and scratches over the last 130 years or so, so please don’t expect flat pack IKEA. If you’ve looked at my previous sales, you’ll know I don’t believe in over-restoring. These wonderful machines still have a long way to go and should justifiably continue to carry the evidence of their journey through life. It comes complete with the correct value weights and the correctly fitting Comtoise winding crank. This old girl is a tall one - 230 cm. So check your ceiling heights. I should add that the numbers 1 - 31 on the dial indicate that this clock once had a working calendar feature, the mechanism of which behind the dial has, sadly, been removed at some earlier point in the clock's life.Also, I've just noticed at the bottom of the fronton, a dog and a cat having a slight contretemps... ! I’m afraid I can’t deliver. But I’ll happily work with your own courier. Or collect (and pay cash) in Leafy Cheltenham. I would prefer payment by cheque, bank transfer or cash. Age: Antique, Pre-1900, Clock Type: Longcase/ Grandfather Clock

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