An exceptional mid 19th century English engraved gilt bronze striking and repeating giant carriage clock with subsidiary seconds indication James McCabe, Royal Exchange, London, 3101
Lot 101
An exceptional mid 19th century English engraved gilt bronze striking and repeating giant carriage clock with subsidiary seconds indication James McCabe, Royal Exchange, London, 3101
Sold for £49,250 (US$ 79,048) inc. premium

Lot Details
An exceptional mid 19th century English engraved gilt bronze striking and repeating giant carriage clock with subsidiary seconds indication James McCabe, Royal Exchange, London, 3101 An exceptional mid 19th century English engraved gilt bronze striking and repeating giant carriage clock with subsidiary seconds indication James McCabe, Royal Exchange, London, 3101
An exceptional mid 19th century English engraved gilt bronze striking and repeating giant carriage clock with subsidiary seconds indication
James McCabe, Royal Exchange, London, 3101
The heavy case crisply engraved all over with foliate scrolls, flowerheads and acanthus leaves, the handle with deeply ribbed centre over a bevelled glass panel with repeat button through the glass, the side panels similarly bevelled, but the right hand one with an old chip, the solid rear door with an engraved regulation scale, shuttered winding and hand-setting squares, and strike/silent lever, the angled sight ring enclosing the Roman chapter ring with subsidiary seconds dial intersecting at XII, the engraved centre signed in a cartouche within foliate scrolls, the substantial twin chain fusee movement with maintaining power to the going train, the escapement with cut and compensated bimetallic balance to an underslung lever escapement, striking and repeating the hours on a coiled steel gong 25cms (9.75ins) high.

Footnotes

  • This clock is one of a small series made by McCabe in the mid 19th century - another example, with its original case, was sold in these rooms December 2011, lot 86.

    Similar examples are illustrated and discussed in Allix & Bonnert, 'Carriage clocks, Their History and Development', Antiques Collectors Club, 1981, plate IX/64 and Roberts, 'Carriage and other Travelling Clocks', Schiffer, 1993 Fig 20-11 a,b,c and 20-16 a,b,c,d.

    Roberts is particularly effusive regarding this series of clocks, commenting that they "represent McCabe at his very best and are undoubtedly amongst the finest carriage clocks ever produced in this country."
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