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Glossary of watchmaking

Balance cock (traditional)

Coq ancien | テンプ受け(過去)/テンプウケカコ | 摆轮夹板(传统)

Originally, that is in the sixteenth century, balance cocks had a simple, elongated form and were secured in their centre by a key. In the eighteenth century they were decorated with elaborate chasing and engraved with animals, flowers, leaves, human heads, etc.

The majority of these balance cocks could be distinguished by their form:

  • English, which were round with a large fastening foot.
  • French or Continental, which were round or oval with lateral lugs for the fixing screws.