Carriage clock with key

James McCabe
James McCabe jr
Robert McCabe
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Brass carriage clock with glass front. Decorative flora designs all over brass.

No case, original key. Hand engraved. Movement: Escapement, Striker and repeat. All original parts. (check details) [Clayton description]
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Width: 8cm (3 1/8")
Length: 10.4cm (4 1/8")
Height: 185mm (7 5/16")
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"This house was much esteemed for fine watches and clocks, especially in India. [Note: check Clayton's notes to ascertain if he acquired this item in India, as is possible] James McCabe was from a watch-making family in Belfast. He came to London at the latter part of the eighteenth century, and was at 11 Bell's Buildings, Fleet St., in 1778; 34 King St., Cheapside, in 1783; 97 Cornhill Royal Exchange in 1804. He was hon. freeman C.C. 1781; livery 1786; warden 1811, when he died, and was succeeded by his son James, who was apprenticed to Reid & Auld, and admitted to the C. C. [Clockmakers' Company] in 1822. The business was carried on as McCabe & Son, 99 Cornhill, till 1820; McCabe & Strahan, 1825-26; J. McCabe, 97 Cornhill, till 1838, when the Royal Exchange was destroyed by fire; then J. McCabe, 32 Cornhill. Robert Jeremy McCabe, nephew of James, who succeeded his uncle at 32 Cornhill, retired in in 1883, when he closed the shop, declining all offers to purchase the business. He died in 1902, aged 67. McCabe's best watches were engraved "James McCabe," the second grade " McCabe", and the lowest quality "Beatson." - , Lurgan; clock, about 1770. Wm Newry; watch, 1798. ["Old Clocks and Watches and their Makers", F. J. Britten, 6th edition, 1932.]
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Marks/Inscriptions: 'James McCabe Royal Exchange London 2887'; Type of mark: Manufacturer's name/mark and serial number; Method: Engraved; Notes: Although bearing name of James McCabe, serial number indicates probably made when business run by his son James McCabe (jr.) or even by his great-nephew Robert Jeremy McCabe.


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