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French gilt brass humpback carriage clock by LeRoy No. 20310 - Details:

French carriage clock by Leroy This gilt brass hump back style carriage clock of 8-days duration was made by L. LeRoy, Paris, in 1890 and is complete with the original leather carrying case and winding key.

A gilt brass two piece frame surrounds the beveled glass crystal on the front door which opens to expose the hands and the winding holes for the going and the calendar and striking barrels.

The engine turned silvered dial with Breguet style blued-steel hands has three apertures below the 12 to display the day, date, and month in French signed L.LEROY & CIE, 7 BD DE LA MADELEINE, PARIS below the 6.

Opening the rear brass door exposes the striking mechanism, count wheel, lever platform escapement, and calendar adjustment lever.

The back plate is signed the same as the dial and, in addition, the number 20310 is stamped above the gong mounting block. The striking train, a gong on the hour and half hour, also drives the calendar mechanism.

The clock is in excellent condition and good working order. A similar clock can be seen in Derek Robert's Carriage Clock book on page 114, figure 6-55

Circa 1890

Dimensions: 7 3/4"(19.5cm) high, 4 1/2"(11cm) wide, 3"(7.5cm) deep

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Julien Le Roy (1686-1759) and his son Pierre whose workshop closed about in 1783, were the most famous of the watchmakers and responsible for numerous innovations.

Le Roy was a common name in France at this time and many firms used it. The most famous of the Le Roy firms were in Paris and one founded in 1785 with the name "Le Roy" later changed in "Le Roy & Cie" by Basil Charles Le Roy in Galerie Montpensier, produced watches and fine carriage clocks.

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