A rare and fine mid 19th century engraved quarter striking giant carriage clock with the original brass bound mahogany case
James McCabe, Royal Exchange, London, number 2927
Surmounted by a faceted hinged handle over the rectangular five glass burnished gilt brass case with projecting canted corners, each cast with volutes raised on the rectangular plinth base of conforming design, the entire case engraved with floral and foliate studies on an engine turned and matted ground, the glazed rear cover with three hinged brass winding square covers, locked via a screw accessed from the base.
The signed and numbered 3.75 inch matt gilt Roman dial with subsidiary seconds at XII and blued steel fleur-de-lis hands, the engine turned chapter ring within a field of finely engraved flowers and foliate scrolls, pierced by the signature cartouche, within the stiff leaf engraved shallow arched sight ring.
The substantial twin train fusee movement with maintaining power, and strike/silent lever, the underslung lever escapement with cut and compensated bimetallic balance, blued steel hairspring and gilt platform with applied regulation scale, the movement secured by two 'L' shaped brackets each with three screws.
The original brass bound mahogany case with fitted baize lined interior and hinged rear door, the front with a sliding cover, mounted with the ivory plaque inscribed 'James McCabe, Royal Exchange, London, No.2927'. Clock 24.5cm (9.75in) high, case 25.5cm (10in) high