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Weight Driven Clocks18 of 25Mahogany and inlay tall class clock c.1830who can help me with the english words for Morbier-Comtoise-parts?
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Posted 5 years ago


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My wife and I inherited this clock from her Great Aunt before she died. I love it. I looks great in our Early 20th century Victorian house. I don't really care how much its worth and have no intention of selling it. However I would like to know more about it. No one who has visited our home has seen one like it. The clock is in a metal cabinet with doors on both sides. The ornate decoration around the face is stamped brass less than 1mm thick. Its a double striker meaning the bell rings on the hour and 1 minute past. It appears to be an all brass movement and it is driven by two 5 lbs wieghts and has a large ornate pendulum about 35 inches long. The on the face are the words Salson and "a St. Flour" in french type. I've searched the web for both these terms and have found little. I can't find any other markings on it. Does anyone know anything about who made it or how old it is.

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  1. kerry10456 kerry10456, 5 years ago
    Sorry can't tell you anything on this "Beautiful" clock, but I'm sure someone will know. I think it's a very neat timepiece and thank you for sharing this.
  2. Bruce99 Bruce99, 5 years ago
    In very general terms, this appears to be a "Morbier Comtoise Wall Clock", or perhaps just a "Morbier Wall Clock". French clocks are notoriously hard to pin down as far as clock makers and dates of manufacture are concerned. The World Wars destroyed a lot of history and records. At any rate, the key words above may help you in your search for more information. Very nice clock btw! Good luck.
  3. tempusfigit, 5 years ago
    It is a French Morbier or Comtoise clock and in this form dates back to the late 19th century.
    Here is an online comtoiseclock museum.
    These clocks are common as dirt here in Europe.
  4. tempusfigit, 5 years ago
    Oftens these clocks have the name of the seller on the dial. Wich has nothing to do who made the clock. These clocks are very loved here in the Netherlands because of there good quality and reliability. They are built like a mini church clockwork.
  5. HobbyistinVA, 5 years ago
    Thanks guys. This gives me some new avenues to research.
  6. HobbyistinVA, 5 years ago
    It actually makes a lot of sense. I never met her husband, as he died before I met my wife, but I knew he traveled to Europe often. It is probabbly where he bought it.

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