To the best of our knowledge and belief, the present timepiece is a hitherto unrecorded example of a striking desk clock made for the Turkish market.
The construction of its case, particularly the design of the underside, suggests that it was always intended for use on a flat surface. Most likely made to special order, its owner chose the "en passant" striking as automated notification for the hours while the passed hours and quarter hours would be stroke by pulling the chain. By placing the mechanisms on two overlaid levels, a comparatively small and handy size was achieved, allowing it to be carried around easily.
Hardly any information is available on the watchmaker Jaquet or Jacquet in London active in the early 18th century. Baillie's Watchmakers and Clockmakers of the World lists a watch in the Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art by Jacquet or Jaquet in London, circa 1720. The Catalogue of Watches from the J. Pierport Morgan Collection states on p. 166 under "178. Jaquet, Circa 1720: Circular metal alarum watch in double case, movement signed "Jaquet, London". The inner case is of metal, incised and engraved. The outer is of yellow metal, pierced in a pattern of circles. The dial is of silver, with a yellow metal centre, showing the numerals of the months and having its own separate hand. The movement has a silver cock over the balance. Size, 1/2 inches in diameter. Number in the Hilton Price collection, 20.". The entry furthermore continues "There was a Jacquet, a watchmaker, in Paris 1797. He may perhaps have been a connection of the maker of this watch. In the records of deaths in the Fourth Arrondissement there appears the following entry: "Jacquet, Philippe, horloger, rue des Deux Ecus, 16, 3 Jour complimentaire en V (19th September 1797)", aged 41. The witness to the record was Thérèse Boutroy, his wife. Seine Archives, Reg. 1839".