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Desbois, London.


A miniature ebonised mantel timepiece with alarm. The arched silvered dial signed Desbois Junior. Fine blued steel hands with blued steel hand for the alarm setting. The high quality eight day chain fusee movement with five pillars, anchor escapement and pull wind alarm on a bell. The ebonised case with a stepped top, canted corners to the front door and brass bun feet.

Date circa. 1845

Height. 7 3/4 inches (20 cm)

Daniel Desbois was apprenticed to John Johnson of 9, Grays Inn Passage. He was from a family of clockmakers. He succeeded Johnson in 1799, went in to partnership with Wheeler trading as Desbois & Wheeler until 1835 taking his son, also Daniel in to partnership in 1844 and moving to High Holborn. He died in 1848 aged 75 and was succeeded by his son.