Learn about Carriage Clocks

Carriage clocks are one of the steps in the development of portable horology, the ability of a person to keep track of time when travelling.

In order to fulfil this function, the clock must keep accurate time, be portable and cased for protection, and allow easy access to the dial for the reading of the time.

Travelling clocks, known in French as "pendule de voyage", have been in use since the 15th century, and remained little changed until the early 19th century. French clock maker Abraham-Louis Breguet developed the first modern travelling clock, known as a "carriage clock" or "officer's clock" in 1796, which he sold to Napoleon several years later. His clock was highly complex. As well as showing the time it also showed the date and temperature.

The carriage clock is rectangular in shape with a carrying handle, and usually has a plain or gilt-brass case set with glass or more rarely enamel or porcelain panels. A feature of carriage clocks is the platform escapement, sometimes visible through a glazed aperture on the top of the case. Carriage clocks use a balance and balance spring for timekeeping and replaced the larger pendulum bracket clock. more...

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L'Epee oversized brass carriage clock having a white enamelled face, bevelled glass panels & doors, with a two sided key. Condition excellent to good, working order. Height of body 19 cm

A Paul Garnier French brass carriage clock, the lever platform escapement striking on a gong, with enamel dial. 12 cm high.

Brass carriage clock, marked to dial Matthew Norman London, Swiss made, has key, 12 cm high, 7 cm wide, 4 cm D

French brass carriage clock retailed for J.M. Dempster, Sydney, having Roman numerals, bevelled glass & with a key. Condition: good, working order, hands are tight, May need a service. Height 13.2 cm

L'Epee, gilt brass carriage clock, with brass and bevelled glass case, white enamel dial with Roman hours and Arabic minutes, signed 'L'Epee 1839 Paris', with subsidiary day of the week, alarm, and day of the month dials below, movement reg

L'Epee quality French carriage clock the brass case measures 17.5 cm to top handle and 9 cm wide with original key

A c.1900 French brass cased carriage clock, turned and fluted column corner supports, the white enamel dial with Roman numerals and retailer's name Stewart Dawson & Co. Ltd, decorative swing top handle, with key, in fitted leather case, with faults

French brass carriage clock, together with key, 18 cm x 10 cm approx

Small brass carriage clock, marked to dial Pierre Jacot Paris, has key, 9 cm high, 5 cm wide, 4 cm deep

A 19th century French brass cased repeating carriage clock, the swing handle with decorative chamfered design, bracket base, the working movement striking on a gong, the case measuring 10 x 8.5 x 13.5 cm

A 19th century French brass cased carriage clock, decorative rows of repeating small ball motifs to the top and base, turned legs, the enamelled dial with floral detail, Arabic numerals and subsidiary lower dial, retailer's name Coates & Co. Christ

Waterbury cast brass carriage clock stamped to verso. Condition, good to fair, minor wear, needs a service, height, 10 cm

French brass carriage clock with repeater set in bevelled glass, with a key. Condition, good, some wear to the brass, working, height, 13 cm

French brass carriage clock set in bevelled glass, with a key. Condition, good, some wear, working order, height, 10.7 cm

A 19th century carriage clock 8 day Time, with white enamel, double fusee; Roman numeral and Arabic second dail, within a brass and bevelled glass casing. (with key). Height 15.5 cm

A 19th century French brass cased repeating carriage clock, with swing handle, bracket base, movement striking on a gong, with original key.

A superb French sculptured brass carriage clock. 15 cm high.

A French gilded brass carriage clock on stand, late 19th century, the circular enamel dial with both Arabic and Roman numerals, surrounded by an elaborately engraved gilded back plate, supported by a matching rectangular pedestal base mounted with four Sal

A French carriage clock of Australian military Interest, brass cased, with a full enamel dial and back plate in Roman numerals with a subsidiary dial in Arabic numerals, with a single barrel movement, inscribed 'Major C. Morley/ from officers of A.A.M.

A 19th century brass cased carriage clock, designed with a pierced brass back plate and circular enamel dial, single barrel movement, housed in a fitted leather travelling case, with key, the clock 15.5 cm high

A late 19th century brass cased carriage clock, Boxell, Brighton, designed with a matching brass back plate and dial, twin barrel movement, with key, total height 17.5 cm

A brass cased carriage clock, late 19th century, designed with a matching brass back plate and silvered dial, single barrel movement, total height 15 cm

A 19th century brass cased carriage clock, Recorbet, Bruxelles, with a double barrel movement and two dials on a full enamel back plate, total height 15 cm

A 19th century brass cased carriage clock, with a single barrel movement and a full enamel back plate, total height 14.5 cm (cracks to enamel)

A brass cased carriage clock, with a single barrel movement and a full enamel back plate, total height 14.5 cm

A French miniature brass cased carriage clock, 19th century, with a single barrel movement and a matching brass back plate inset with an enamel dial, total height 11 cm

Duverdrey & Bloquel French carriage clock with a built in wind up mechanism. Condition good to fair, working, crack to the glass. Height 11.5 cm

A French carriage clock in original leather case, with key

A French brass cased carriage clock, the traditional corniche case with swing handle and platform base, the white enamel dial with black Roman numerals, working and complete with key.

A Mappin and Webb silver cased carriage clock. Provenance: Property from the collection of the late Margaret (Maggie) Lockwood

A French brass Corniche cased half repeating/alarm carriage clock by Le Roy & Fils, 13 &15 Palais Royal, Paris and 57 New Bond Street, London, No. 13517, the top oval glass etched with a Viscount’s coronet, leather carry case, signed dial and

A fine 19th century gilt brass carriage clock with single handle and white enamelled face with black Arabic numeral dial and blued steel spade hands. Height 12.5 cm

A late 19th century French carriage clock gilded bronze Roman numerals dials and with magnificent painted porcelain panels. Height 12 cm (key available)

A sterling silver cased carriage clock, French movement with English case (1873), dial marked '. J. CARTER, 28 St. Swithin'. s Lane, London'. . 9 cm high

Miniature carriage clock in case with key, French movement and dial marked '. John Carter, London'.

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