Comtoise Morbier

Comtoise Morbier marriageThis Comtoise Morbier clock is obviously a marriage of case and movement. Neither are old . . . vintage at best.  The case is exceptional, heavily carved oak with panel sides. It’s over seven feet tall and looks very grand.

Comtoise Morbier marriageThe movement is an authentic French handmade Comtoise Morbier. Unusual in that one has the option of bell or gong strike combinations  and night time silent option. I was able to find the manufacturer of this movement, still in business today:

Comtoise Morbier marriageMorbier clocks are a particular favorite of mine. The robust well engineered works appeal to my taste. Over the years, I have collected antique, vintage and newer versions of these wonderful clocks.

A word of advice when collecting the newer ones: to my knowledge, there are only about two manufacturers in existence who hand make authentic Comtoise movements. The lesser quality copies are easy to spot as they will most likely be fitted with small Hermle type movements and they are typically of lower quality in all other respects: face, trim hands, pendulum etc. . . As with anything of quality, of course, authentic Comtoises come at a price!

This is the link to the other quality manufacturer:

Here is a few photos of the movement:

5 responses to “Comtoise Morbier

  1. Jack Langenmayr

    We have a clock from Self Winding Clock Co. New York, NY. It is approx. 2′ 5″high by x 21″ wide. It is hand carved oak with a brass pendelum. It has a circular face and roman numerals. It was made in approx 125. It hung in an old Western Union Office where I used to work. The clock had been used in the movie, “Saratoga Trunk”. It has a silver movement no. 155750. We can’t find an antique clock dealer that can appraise this or tell us anything about it. We have had it 48 years. Thank you. Jack Langenmayr 704-814-9879 Charlotte, NC

  2. Eric Grandjean

    Dear DUE TIME,
    I have purchased a working movement in a flea market in France, very similar to your Morbier movement above, maybe older. It has no mark that I can see which would identify its maker.
    I have a question which I hope you will be able to answer. Should I consider taking it apart and restore it to its as new condition? That would include the face which shows damages in the white enamel part of it which I cannot do myself, thus looking for a specialist who could. It has a name which is:
    Cellier on top, and au Malsieu below.
    My email address is:
    Upon receipt of your answer, I will send you photos if you are interested. I am planning to keep this piece as long as I can.
    With my best regards,

  3. Hi my name is Rika Myburgh, I live in a small town in the Freestate in South Africa, my mother-in-law gave us a grandfather clock and the clock on your picture is the only one I could find in almost a year that looks very near to ours. Our clock is elaborately carved with Dutch? farm workers in 16th century? clothing. The sides of our clock is also carved and stand over 2 metres tall and it is still in very good working order. My mother-in-law is from the Netherlands and the clock was brought to South Africa when her parents immigrated, she assures us the clock is over 200 years old. If possible can you please inform me what is the approximate value of these clocks? Regards, Rika Myburgh

  4. The Comtoise posted on 6 May 2011 I’ve just had another look at.

    What I have noticed, in the middle picture, is presumably shut-offs for gong/bell and something else which I have never seen before. The movement looks rather new and still well-built however.


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