JAM ANTIK C0111
This clock was made in France in the 1870’s. Usually called a red tortoiseshell clock it is actually made from shell of the Hawks-bill turtle. It is made with a layer of tortoise (turtle) shell on a wooded carcass. Decorating the outside are scrolled mounts of gilded bronze, sometimes called Ormolu. Although original to the clock, the bronze mounts have been re-gilded. Generally in good condition, the tortoiseshell does show some wear consistent with its age. It is not really noticeable however except under close inspection. The 8 day movement is by the famous French clockmaker Japy Freres and has been fully checked, serviced, and oiled. This movement has an unusual Brocot escapement. Only put in the more expensive clocks of the time. These escapements are slightly more accurate and stable than the standard recoil type usually used in French clocks.