JAMES MCCABE no. 2716, Royal Exchange, London c1840

  JAMES MCCABE no. 2716, Royal Exchange, London c1840

An exceptional nineteenth century English carriage clock by one of the most eminent makers of the time.  The gilt brass ‘bird’s beak’ case with solid shuttered rear door is glazed to the front, sides and top.  Unusually, the case stands on a matching gilt brass plinth engraved with a crest of a rampant lion. 

The brass dial with silvered finish is engraved with roman numerals, a subsidiary seconds dial interrupting twelve o’clock and the maker’s name beneath six o’clock.   The hands are typical McCabe ‘beetle and poker’ blued steel. 

The twin fusée eight day duration movement is made to an exceptional standard with quarter striking on two gongs and the hours on a separate gong.  There is a large compensated platform lever escapement with maintaining power.  The back plate is signed and numbered and there is a strike/silent option operated from the rear door. 

James McCabe is recorded as a very fine maker who worked at the Royal Exchange.  He succeeded his father of the same name who first established the company.  As well as making many fine precision clocks, he produced many good chronometers and watches.

Overall height, excluding handle: 9 ½ in (24cm)

Clockmaker: JAMES MCCABE no. 2716, Royal Exchange, London
Circa: 1840
Stock Number: 4099
Height: 9.5 inches (24 cm.)