Antique french carriage clock
French 8-Day Carriage Clock With Masked Dial

French 8-Day Carriage Clock With Masked Dial


A truly beautiful historic French Carriage Clock. Vintage in style from the 19th Century, this 8-Day carriage clock offers simplicity in design, with it’s original movement intact it is a wonderful example of vintage clocks luxury style and intricate details.

  • Dated from the 19th Century
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  • French Heritage
  • Bevelled Glass Case
  • Condition: Very Good
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Antique French Carriage Clock

The French 8-Day Carriage Clock is a wonderful sought after rare carriage mantel clock. The case stands very well with its original finished, the clock is working well and the dial is in great order with original spade hands. Very good condition for age, showing slight signs of age, however is a prime candidate for collectors pieces.

The Clock Design 

This particular vintage carriage clock is made with Ormolu, which is most common within French antiques, it is often referred to as ‘gilt bronze’.  Ormolu was increasingly popular in the 1800’s and early 1900’s, it was designed to add a luxury definition to furniture and decorative items in a ‘faux gold’ fashion. This particular carriage clock is encased in Ormolu, which offers golden hues throughout alongside it’s Glass panelling (also known as a bevelled glass case)  which offers an insight into the inner mechanics of the clock, to be able to witness the original movement.

The clock stands on it’s four bud feet, and is painted with black Arabic numerals in design, and finally as with most traditional carriage clocks is equipped with a handle for carrying, as this was the design purpose for carriage clocks in the 1800’s.

Measures 11.5cm high with handle up by 9cm wide & 6cm deep

The History of this Carriage Clock

As with most antiques, this clock is showing slight signs of age, with minor scuffs and markings along it’s sides and base. The clock is deemed as ‘Vintage’ due to it’s estimated creation circa 1890. Like many other French Carriage clocks it offers a simplistic design, with a handle for designated travel. The carriage clock was invented by Abraham Louis Breguet, who designed such clock to be used during the 18th Century, by Napoleon. This particular clock was believed to have been created during the late 1800’s and offers very little on it’s origin, however it is fully intact with all original pieces, face and hands, suggesting it is well kept, and has been an antique furniture heirloom for several years.


What Is A Timepiece?

A timepiece is an instrumental item such as a watch or a clock for measuring time.

What Does A and R Mean On A French Clock?

To speed up a French clock, turn the key towards A and away from R, and slow down a French clock by turning the key towards R and away from A.

Why Does My Carriage Clock Keep Stopping?

An out-of-sync clock can stop entirely because of the pendulum that doesn’t receive the ideal impulses that aid it when swinging. It is also critical to remember that most carriage clocks have an 8-day movement, so they should be wound up at least once a week to keep them functioning.