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C.1920 French Electro-Mechanical Meter Brillié Wall Clock

Period 1920-1949
W. 15 in; H. 55 in;
W. 38.1 cm; H. 139.7 cm;
Description A very rare early 20th century French Electro-mechanical Regulator Clock by Brillié with a second’s pendulum, slave contacts, a thick variegated white marble backboard and a molded glazed mahogany case.
Inv. #: F246
Maker: Brillié, No. 254, Type 1567.
Case: The massive 1 3/16” thick white variegated marble backboard has numerous screwed contact points needed to run the clock and to supply impulses to any slave clocks. It’s suspended from an angle iron on a bracket with two adjustable feet and the bottom is adjusted for plum by a separate screwed adjustment. The whole is encased by a removable glazed and paneled mahogany cover.
Dial: The silvered engraved chapter ring dial has Roman numerals for the hours, a concentric subsidiary seconds dial with Arabic numbers, steel Breguet- style hands, a sweep seconds bit and is signed ‘Electrique Brillié’
Movements: The movement is suspended from a massive bracket numbered ‘R254’, is powered by a 1.5V battery and has several star-wheels and detents that impulse the slave clocks and dictate impulses to drive the pendulum. The massive pendulum is suspended by a multi-spring suspension block with several screwed adjustments. The twin Invar rods support a massive brass spherical bob and magnet. When the clock is running the pendulum receives impulse from the coil as dictated by the detents above.
Notes: Early electro-mechanical clocks were designed to eliminate the negative influences of the power source on the accuracy of the clockwork while also allowing a single clock to transmit impulses to several slaves thus keeping a uniform time. Brillié was a huge influence in horology in France during the beginning of the 20th century innovating in several areas including tower clocks and domestic and industrial horology.
This particular model would have been supplied to either an observatory or train station.
Styles / Movements Art Deco, Industrial, Modern
Incollect Reference Number 167856
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