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Austrian petite sonnerie bracket clock in ebony case - Details:

Austrian bracket clock with silver dial and mask circa 1780 This is an 3-train ‘petite sonnerie’ Austrian bracket clock in an ebony case with a hand formed silver dial and mask.

It strikes two bells on the hour and the quarter hour. The movement has been recently professionally restored using all the original components.

Overall, the clock is in very good original condition needing no repairs. A close inspection of the clock reveals the quality of the hand formed finials and workmanship of the silver mask by the clockmakers of mid -to- late 18th century.

Circa 1780.
Dimensions: 15” high, 9” wide, 6” deep.





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The term "bracket" clock describes a spring-driven clock with a short pendulum, housed in a wooden case and designed to stand on a table, sideboard, mantelpiece or wall bracket. Bracket clocks were developed from 1660, at about the same time as longcase clocks, but bracket clocks had the advantage over the longcase clock of being portable.

The principal bracket clock variety had a square-fronted case, with a domed top fitted with a metal handle in order to facilitate carrying. Early bracket clocks have a square brass dial, typically with an applied chapter ring(the ring on the dial , on which the hours and minutes are engraved, attached or painted). The arched dial became increasingly common from about 1715.

Silvered brass dials were used from about 1760 and painted dials from 1780. The round dial, sometimes enamelled, is a feature of the bracket clocks from the late 18th Century and the Regency period.


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