c.1840 English Ormolu Carriage Clock – James McCabe.

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c.1840 English Ormolu Carriage Clock – James McCabe.
Inv. #: e77
Maker:

James McCabe, # 2748.

 

Description:

A good English mid-19th century ormolu eight-day double fusee carriage clock.

Case:

The typical McCabe case has beveled glasses to 4 sides, a folding handle with a reeded center and a lift-out shuttered back door engraved with the needed indications.

Dial:

The silvered, elaborately engraved dial has Roman numerals for the hours, steel-cut hands and is signed ‘Jas. McCabe, London’.

Movement:

The eight-day twin-fusee movement has well-cut wheelwork, a push-button repeat, is wound and set off the backplate, strikes on a large coiled gong and is engraved ‘Jas McCabe, London, 2478’. The balance platform above has an underslung lever escapement with a monometallic balance wheel.

Notes:

The engraving on the dial was most likely done by Thomas Cole who was part of McCabe’s workshop during this period.

 

The seemingly original travel case has 3 initials on top and a restored purple felt interior.

Ref:

For a more detailed discussion of James McCabe see: ‘Carriage and Other Travelling Clocks’ by Roberts, Chapter 20, pg. 289.

Size: 7.5 in. handle up
4.25 in. wide.
3.5 in. deep

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