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petite sonnerie bracket clock in ebony case
is an 3-train ‘petite sonnerie’ Austrian bracket clock
in an ebony case with a hand formed silver dial and
It strikes two bells on the hour and the quarter hour.
The movement has been recently professionally restored
using all the original components.
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.
Dimensions: 15” high, 9” wide, 6” deep.
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
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
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.