Carriage Clocks

Grande Sonnerie carriage clock with alarm, repeater and calendar

    Grande Sonnerie carriage clock with alarm, repeater and calendar

    Switzerland, Geneva

    circa 1875

    Rossel & Fils

    Brass, glass, enamel; gold-plating, casting, engraving, metal chasing/repousse (pointillé)

    Height - 14.5 cm

    Insciption on the dial: "Rossel & Fils Succrs de J.F. Bautte & Cie. Genève"; inscription on the movement mounting plate: "131"


    Mechanical carriage clock, in artistically decorated yellow metal case with glassed front and side panels, a metal rear access door, with a carrying handle. The clock case is decorated with engraved floral pattern.

    The face side features large and small white enamel dials on gilt background decorated with floral whorls. The dials have black hour scale marking and niello steel clock hands.

    The big dial features two scales: a minute scale is split into 60 divisions; an hour scale is split into 12 divisions with Roman numerals. The small (top) dial shows seconds, with Arabic numerals.

    Small (bottom) dials show the days of the week (LUN/MAR/MER/JEU/VEN/SAM/DIM), date and scale of alarm with Arabic numerals.

    Pendulum movement with Swiss anchor escapement, two spring actuators, calendar and alarm, with quarter hour chime with one bell.

    A three position selector switch (Gde Jonnerie/Jilence/DTE Jonnerie) is on the clock base.

    The clock is winded with a key, which is also used to set the hands.

     Double-head winding key.