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Gold Plated Late 19th Century French Carriage Timepiece

Status: This item has been sold
Sold by: Time in Hand (Shipston) Ltd

This antique has been viewed 13 times in the past month with the most views from France.


- Late 19th century
- Case height: 6 inches (handle raised)
- Original Gold Plating
French carriage timepieces have always been very popular since their first conception in the early part of the 19th century. Made in France for export to England they were truly the first portable or ‘carry-able’ clock that could move from room to room without risk of upsetting the mechanism. The origins of the carriage clock can be traced back to a clock created for Napoleon at the close of the 18th century. The great French clockmaker, Abraham Louis Breguet, produced a pendule d’officier (‘officer’s clock’) for the military leader. A forerunner to the carriage clock, the pendule d’officier has a balance, rather than a pendulum, meaning it can be transported without having to be reset. Appropriately enough, the case of the clock made for Napoleon is in the ‘empire’ style, which is the basis for the iconic shape of carriage clocks we recognise today.
As travel by rail and road became more popular, so did the carriage clock. By the 1860s, this portable timepiece was entering its heyday, and was being produced on a large scale. Most of the production took place in French factories throughout the Franche-Comte, but English clockmakers also capitalised on the demand. The most ornate and interesting carriage clocks were made before World War I, after which, mainly simple, plain versions were produced. In December 2019, the second carriage clock ever made was sold by Bonhams for £295,000. Made by Breguet & Fils in 1796, it is an exceptionally fine ormolu timepiece.
This particular timepiece features a fine white dial with black roman numbers and original blued steel hands.
- We are Time in Hand (Shipston) Ltd, established antique clock shop and restoration service for over 40 years based in the Cotswolds, England UK. All clocks are fully restored prior to delivery or collection. All clocks come with a 1 year guarantee. For sales enquiries, email:, for repair or restoration services, email
We can deliver and set up clocks in person (up to a 60 mile radius) - arrangement to be agreed with customer prior to visit. Courier delivery also possible.
Internal Ref: 3035


This item is antique. The date of manufacture has been declared as 1880.


Height = 16.5 cm (6.5")
Width = 8.8 cm (3.5")
Depth = 6.5 cm (2.6")

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Time in Hand (Shipston) Ltd
11 Church Street
CV36 4AP
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