King Louis Clock

The notation of the figures on the dial of the clock and the technical progress of the enamellers are key elements to date an old clock

The dial and the hands are good indicators to check the authenticity of an old clock.


Time Louis XIV: on the first religious clocks, the dial of the clock, Tin, brass, brass, gold or silver is fixed on a metal plate of the size of the front window that also supports the movement. The hours are engraved by the Romans, and the minutes in Arabic numbers numbers.

King Louis Clock 1
Later, the hours and minutes are recorded on cartridges of email. Enamelling techniques do not yet allow to produce large areas and these cartridges are fixed on the dial.
On an old clock, the minute hand use spreads gradually as the 17th century. Religious clocks hands are carved, engraved and gilded brass. The quality and the complexity of the decoration make call “needles parsley”.
Period Louis XV: the dial of the clock Louis XV can be of two types, either chiseled bronze with 24 cartridges email, for hours and minutes, or in email consisting of 13 juxtaposed parts. It was only around 1750 the enamellers will succeed to make one piece of large disks where the hours and minutes are recorded in black.

King Louis Clock 2
During a first period, needles are thin lace of perforated steel. Thereafter, they will be perforated, engraved and gilded brass.

Suite the dial of a clock, Louis XVI, Empire, or restore

The numbers are engraved on a brass dial, fixed on a metal plate.

In the middle of the 18th century, the enamellers are able to manufacture of one-piece dials.

The hours are listed in 12 glazed cartridges.

King Louis Clock 3

This dial consists of 13 enamel plates juxtaposed.

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