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One of the finest English carriage clocks made by this famous maker. The case in a style much favoured by McCabe, but with fine and exceedingly deep engraving to every part of the case, which still retains its original gilding. It has deeply bevelled glass to the front, sides and top, and a solid rear door with shuttered winding holes.
The gilded electroformed dial is signed for the maker ‘James McCabe, Royal Exchange, London, 2831’. It has a seconds dial below XII and exceedingly fine blued steel hands.
The eight day twin chain fusee movement is signed and numbered for the maker on the backplate and strikes the quarters and hours on two gongs. It has a fine quality lever escapement with bi-metallic balance and poising screws.
The carrying case is of mahogany with the usual pull up front door which enables the dial and time to be read whilst the clock is still in its case.
Height to base of handle: 8.25″ (21 cm)
The clock is described in great detail on pages 298 and 299 in ‘Carriage & Other Travelling Clocks’ by Derek Roberts.
James McCabe was born into a watch and clockmaking family in Belfast. He came to London in the 1770s, settling at Royal Exchange in 1804. He gained his Freedom of the Clockmakers’ Company in 1781 and became a Warden in 1811, the year he died. James McCabe was succeeded by his son, also James, and it is he who must be regarded as one of the most successful English clock and watchmakers of the nineteenth century producing many fine examples. He was apprenticed to Reid and Auld and gained admittance to the Clockmakers’ Company in 1822. Robert Jeremy McCabe, James’s nephew continued the business until he retired in 1883.
Further details of James McCabe and family can be found in ‘Carriage & Other Travelling Clocks’ by Derek Roberts. Chapter 20, pages 289 – 302.