An excellent quality Leroy & Fils gilt brass gorge cased Petit Sonnerie repeater and alarm with its original travel case c1885-89. The gorge case with cast handle retains its original mercury gilding. Bevelled glass panels with large rectangular top-glass exposing its jewelled lever escapement. Matted silvered mask. White enamelled dial with black Roman numerals and minute ring with 5-minute Arabic numeral markers. Finely shaped blued-steel hands. Subsidiary alarm dial with arrow pointer and Arabic numerals. An 8-day Petit Sonnerie movement striking the hours on a single gong and each quarter hour on two gongs (one strike for quarter past, two for half-past and three for three-quarter past the hour). On depressing the repeat button, the clock strikes the last hour plus quarter hours. (See more images and brief videos of it striking the hours, quarters and repeat on our website.) Its backplate holds an integral alarm winding key, knurled knob to set hands together with auxiliary winding squares for going and striking trains. Stamped LeRoy & Fils to underside. Backplate and constituent case components stamped with serial number 5907. Strike (Sonnerie) and silent (Silence) selector to underside. Uncommon bottom-winding or “keyless” mechanism peculiar to clocks sold before 1900. This keyless mechanism, seen only on LeRoy clocks winds the going and striking trains alternatively by turning the key about 45 degrees first in one direction and then the other. Stamped Patent No. 9501 although interestingly does not appear to relate to any French or British patents! The clock is of a small size considering the number of complications of its movement – measuring 14.5 cm to top of handle (11.5 excluding handle), 7.5 cm in width and 7 cm in depth. The clock has its original deep-burgundy, tooled Moroccan leather travelling case retaining its carrying strap. Top opening to one side with removable front panel. Lined in red velvet with satin ribbon with LeRoy & Fils, 57 New Bond Street, London printed in gilt. Serial number 5907 to its base. Fully cleaned and serviced. The clock's movement is covered by our 12 month warranty within the UK.
The clock and travel case are in overall excellent condition commensurate with age. Dials and glass are all in perfect undamaged condition. Gilt on the gorge case showing very minor signs of age with condition clearly visible in images. The clock’s original travel case is in exceptional condition commensurate with age. Please see further images on our website as these form an important part of the description.
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