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    Sale 7443

    Important Clocks and Marine Chronometers

    20 February 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 74

    A Victorian giant gilt-brass striking and repeating carriage clock


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    A Victorian giant gilt-brass striking and repeating carriage clock
    James McCabe, London, No.3365. Circa 1870
    The case with reeded and scroll handle above cornice with dentil mouldings, bevelled side glasses, the moulded plinth raised on bun feet, solid rear door with shuttered winding holes and strike/silent regulation, with repeat button through the bevelled top glass, the silvered Roman dial with subsidiary seconds ring at XII, blued steel fleur-de-lys hands, signed below James McCabe/Royal Exchange/London/3365, the twin chain and fusees movement with gilt platform to monometallic lever balance, maintaining power, strike/repeat on gong; case later gilded
    8¾ in. (22.5 cm.) high, handle down

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    Charles Allix and Peter Bonnert, Carriage Clocks, Their History and Development, Woodbridge, 1974, pp.278-281.
    Derek Roberts (op. cit, p.289) writes of McCabe that he produced more carriage clocks than any other English maker and '[a]lthough they are made virtually to chronometer standards...they use lever rather than chronometer escapements.' McCabe probably made this choice based upon the reliability of the lever escapement and the fact that it was less susceptible to transit damage -- the company had a large export trade, particularly to India.

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    Illustrated, Derek Roberts Carriage and Other Travelling Clocks, Pennsylvania, 1993, p.301, fig.20-19a.