This elegant case style with a block centrally placed above the breakarch top was adopted at the turn of the 1800s by a few of the finer clockmakers besides McCabe- Mudge & Dutton and Holmes among them. The trunk and base have highly figured mahogany veneers, both the hood and trunk have quarter columns, reeded and brass filled. The hood has silk-backed brass fishscale sound frets to the sides.
The round 12-inch painted dial is signed James McCabe, Royal Exchange, London, with brass Breguet-style hour hand and simple minute hand.
The 8-day movement is beautifully engineered with five knopped pillars, and is rack striking on a bell. The metal rod pendulum has a heavy brass bob with a large rating nut below.
Matching brass bound weights.
- The business was founded by James McCabe Senior in 1778. McCabe Snr. was born in 1748, he worked in London producing very fine watches, clocks and chronometers in Fleet Street, Cheapside and eventually at 97 Cornhill, Royal Exchange. After his death in 1811, his son, also James, succeeded him. James Jnr. was apprenticed to Reid and Auld of Edinburgh, and continued the business under the name McCabe & Son, 99 Cornhill. He was made free of the Clockmakers Company in 1822. In 1838 the Royal Exchange was destroyed by fire and the business moved to 32 Cornhill where it continued until it was closed by James Junior’s nephew, R.J. McCabe in 1883.
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