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JAMES McCABE. A fine English striking carriage clock by this excellent London maker, the case showing Chinese influence.

JAMES McCABE. A fine English striking carriage clock by this excellent London maker, the case showing Chinese influence. JAMES McCABE. A fine English striking carriage clock by this excellent London maker, the case showing Chinese influence.
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JAMES McCABE. A fine English striking carriage clock by this excellent London maker, the case showing Chinese influence.

Origin
Royal Exchange, London
Date
circa 1840-50

A fine English striking carriage clock by this excellent London maker, the case showing Chinese influence.

The four glass case is in dark mahogany and is modelled in the form of a Chinese pagoda and surmounted by a gilt brass foliate dragon’s mask carrying handle. It stands on a carved moulded base terminating in four ogee feet. The top cornice is a fluted concave moulding in the form of a pagoda roof.

The movement, of the usual high London quality, has boldly turned and ringed baluster pillars, substantial brass plates, chain fusees and maintaining power.  The hours are struck on a bell which is set on the backplate above the clockmaker’s signature. The gilt brass dial has an engine turned centre and Roman hour numerals with an outer circle of dots for the minutes. The finely pierced tapering blued steel hands appear to be original. The original platform lever escapement with slow/fast adjustment is mounted on the top plate and there is a pull cord for repeating the hours on a bell.

Height: 8 ¾ (22.5 cm ) excluding handle

Depth: 6 ½ in (16.5 cm)

Width: 7 ½ in (19 cm )

*James McCabe was a fine maker working in the late 18th and early 19th century. His business was continued by his sons under the same name until 1883 and this clock would have been retailed by the son of the same name. Small elegant English four glass clocks in wooden cases with platform lever escapements and hour striking on a bell have become extremely hard to find and are highly collectable.

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