French Cottage clock "dopple gonger"
This is a typical example of a French cottage clock with an atypical movement. The ornate case with shell decoration and stone dial with ceramic cartouche numerals are characteristic of this style. The movement is unusual in that it strikes the hour twice, first at the normal hour then 4 minutes later. It has been explained to me that this was to allow the hour to be verified since often the first strike can be miscounted or a note missed. This allowed someone not within sight of clock to verify time. Most of these clocks have the typical hour strike only or time only mechanisms. It also features a compound verge crutch due to side mounting of escape wheel.