Dating comtoise clocks
Moreover it has been fitted with a anchor escapement4. This is contradictory to the common right of inheritance in the Jura, whereby the youngest descendant would inherit the properties of the family. Apart from two exquisite and flawless clocks, nothing further is known about the Brocard family. The forged weight is one of the original weights of the clock in picture 1. Within the third weight the caster has sought a solution to avoid the cast-in hook.One of the Mayets' clearly signed his clocks with "Mayet cadet" (Mayet junior). A one-handed Comtoise of the Mayet-type from the Jura, manufactured by P. The movement has been built skillfully and finished to such a degree that this clock can be considered as the top of the Mayet-period ca. The last one is a leaden weight from the Mayet period9.It is a clock that can easily bear comparison with the highlights from the Mayet period in the Jura. A see-through of the clock from the Haut-Sane of picture 12.The skeleton of this clock has been entirely forged, which is a deviation of the generally applied system in this area to secure the top plate with nuts.They represented the first move towards the popularising of clocks in France, and in the 19th century they were to be found far and wide across the country, virtually ousting other local clock making traditions.They were often marked with the name and town of the vendor rather than those of the maker.Only in this set-up the double rack construction occurs, which is here operated by two skillfully forged levers.The hook that has been fitted above the bell, serves to strengthen the pendulum suspension housing.
Early dials were of pewter or brass with black-filled numerals and a single hand.Although originating from the Jura, the striking train features a pivoting rack.The clock has a very logical construction which is furthermore emphasized by the perfect finish.A form of provincial, weight-driven clock originally made in the vicinity of Morbier in the Franche*-Comt region of France (Conte in the old spelling), near the Swiss frontier, from the late 17th century to the beginning of the 20th.They are sometimes called Morez clocks or Morbier clocks, from place names in the area.