This eighteenth-century Louis XIV Regency style European "capucine" clock features Roman numerals and a single hand on a bronze dial. It has a unique and attractive decorative openwork pediment and includes two hammers that strike the hours and half-hours on a single bell. Note photos to see how it includes suspension chains with weights. It's bronze finish would shine well with polish. Similar clocks under the "capucine" family are evocative of an officer's travel clock which were offered by Napoleon to his officers so that they would be punctual.
Further background relating the origin of the term "capucine" is a possible reference to the monks of the Capuchin Order, given that the bell which often surmounts these clocks resembles the hoods of the cowls of the Capuchin Order. Its history and distinctive characteristics make it an intriguing piece for collectors or enthusiasts of antique clocks!
Condition and wear consistent with age and use.
Approx. overall 15" high excluding weights x 7½" diameter x 7" overall width
Approx. overall 38cm high excluding weights x 19cm diameter x 18cm overall width