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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A brass cased carriage clock, the white enamel face with Roman numerals, marked 'Huber, London'. Reeded framed case with double ogee platform base and bevelled glass. Bell striking movement. Height 17 cm

A 19th century brass carriage clock, the white enamel dial with Roman numerals and railtrack minutes, small repair to top right, the case with reeded columns, ogee platform base, the gong striking movement working, with key. Height 20.5 cm

A French brass cased carriage clock, 19th century, with maker's mark Lf, the gong movement clock with an enamel dial with Roman numerals, minute hands and black hands, in a Corniche pattern case with an oval top-glass and accompanied by the original ve

A French miniature enamel carriage clock circa 1930. In original case. 4.5 cm. Maker BREVET, number 93017

A carriage clock on a green marble base with swinging swing handle, enamel decoration and platform escapement lever, movement stamped 'Fabrique de Paris', with A.D. and Asclepius staff and numbers, 21.5 cm high

A late 19th century French brass carriage clock, with bevelled glass panels, and repeating multiple strike movement. The works marked patent Surety roller. Late nineteenth century. (with key) height 18 cm.

A late 19th century French oval brass carriage clock, with bevelled glass panels, and repeating double strike movement. (no key) height 18 cm.

A modern brass carriage clock, of rectangular form with curved top and base, four ball feet and scroll style handle, having a white enamel dial with black Roman numerals. Made by Henley, England.

French brass 'Britannic' carriage clock, 14.5 cm high, key and carry case included

Mappin & Webb brass carriage clock, with key, approx 15 cm high, 8 cm wide, 6 cm deep

A L'Eppe French brass repeating carriage clock late 19th century with retailers mark: Sainte Susanne France, having a white enamel dial, bevelled glass panel case case, height: 13 cm, width 9 cm depth 8 cm note: with service receipt: clock Repairs &

A French brass repeating carriage clock late 19th century, having a white enamel dial, bevelled glass panel case case, height: 14 cm, width 9 cm depth 8 cm note: with service receipt: clock Repairs & Restorations, Rolf Koens, 2-11-2016

An English silver plated carriage clock, by Charles Frodsham London c.1900, having an ornate silver plated case, decorated with acanthus leaves and figural maiden columns case, height: 8 cm, width 6 cm depth 5 cm note: AF - lacking side glass panel, back c

A French brass repeating gilt brass carriage clock late 19th century with silvered Arabic number dial, bevelled glass panel case case, height: 13 cm, width 9 cm depth 8.5 cm

A vintage French carriage clock, the brass cased carriage clock of typical form with an enamel dial and Roman numerals, a visible escapement and swing carry handle, marked Sf to the escapement and made in France to the reverse, with key. Height 11 cm. Widt

A small brass carriage clock with Corinthian column corner supports, 12 cm

Sennet Freres carriage clock, with key and carry case (13.5 cm high), working when tested

Early 1900's French eight day carriage clock, has key (in office), approx 11 cm high

A brass carriage clock, French, 19th century, with original key and leather lined carry case, 15 cm high

R & Co. Paris brass carriage clock having a white enamel face & Roman numerals, with a key. Condition: fair, chip to the glass, needs a service. Height 10.5 cm

French brass carriage clock with travel case set in bevelled glass, with a key. Condition: good, working order. Height 10.5 cm

A brass carriage clock, 20th century, the clock of typical rectangular form with a white dial with Roman numerals and minute markings, the mechanism marked S F. Height 10 cm. Width 8 cm. Depth 6.5 cm

Sterling silver and tortoiseshell carriage clock, hallmarked Birmingham 1915, in original Hardy brothers leather case, H13 cm approx

A French brass Carridge clock, first half 20th century, a small brass cased carriage clock, of typical form with carry handle and column open case, 15 cm high

A 19th century French gilt brass carriage clock, the four pillars with turned and fluted decoration, the silvered chapter ring with Arabic numerals, Art Nouveau relief floral decorated face, working order.

Waterford crystal 'Lismore' carriage clock having diamond & wedge cuts, with a Japanese rhythm watch movement. Stamped with an acid etched mark & with original sticker. Condition good, minor wear to the base, working order. Height 18.5 cm

French brass carriage clock by Duverdrey & Bloque having a white enamel face & bevelled glass windows, with a key. Condition fair to poor, damage to the enamel, needs a service. Height 11 cm

French brass carriage clock (crazed dial), Jackson Paris

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

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