Rare and Exceptional c1825 Twin Fusee English Bracket Clock by World Famous James McCabe.
We present for consideration, this exceptional, well-proportioned twin fusee bracket clock of the very highest order, by James McCabe of London.
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Immaculate condition for age, the clock has been fully serviced so in excellent working order.
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We present for consideration, this exceptional, well-proportioned twin fusee bracket clock of the very highest order, by James McCabe of London. Numbered 1458, this superbly executed and prestigious Regency period clock is in excellent working order and condition.
Born in 1748 at Lurgan, Ireland into a clock and watchmaking family dynasty, the by then, highly skilled James, emigrated to London in 1775 to set-up business in Fleet Street. By 1802, McCabe had relocated his business to 97 Cornhill, Royal Exchange, London, from where his name, exquisite horological work and legacy became globally famed and subsequently commissioned by (and exported to) the highest echelons of society throughout the world. Indeed, his work was known to have been in the possession of such famous individuals as Admiral Lord Nelson, President George Washington of America and Alexander I of Russia.
McCabe was listed as an Honorary Freeman and Senior Warden of the ‘Clockmaker’s Company’, and on his death in 1811, the McCabe family business continued under the proud stewardship of his equally distinguished and expertly trained sons, James (Jr), Thomas and Robert McCabe.
From this distinguished biography, it is easy to deduce why James McCabe signature hand-crafted clocks offer tangible palpability to outstanding English clockmaking capability and materials of the period and is the reason why McCabe clocks are scarcely seen on the open market today, being much sought after by private collectors and investors alike, and various museum for the purpose of public display and interest.
This clocks exquisite Oak and Mahogany arch topped and sculptured cabinetwork, has detailed hand-carved Acanthus and Palmate leave designed garniture to the top and base of its solid brass bezel. The clean cream dial has black painted Roman numerals and exhibits the James McCabe signature, the clocks’ number and the firms place of work.
(Note: According to the empirical findings of globally respected and prize winning author, Granville Hugh Baillie, it was documented in one of his 1930’s horological presentation papers that: “McCabe’s clockmaking output was signed in three different ways, their highest quality products being signed ‘James McCabe, Royal Exchange, London’...”)
The clocks face is finished with its original pair of blued steel ‘Antique Breguet’ hands, secured with a pinned collet, all set underneath a thick bevelled glaze. (The clocks strike/silent facility is also located on the dial, above the number XII). The clocks rear is beautifully simple, with a glazed inspection tablet mounted into a lockable catch and hinged Oak door, allowing access to the movement.
The clocks immaculate five pillar 8-day twin fusee movement strikes the hours on its top mounted sliver plated bell with pull repeat cord. The attention to detail contained on the shouldered 3.5mm thick brass backplate is note-worthy, with engraved decorative foliate embellishment to the borders and the McCabe name and place of work set within a central cartouche. The mechanism features a substantial brass pendulum (also engraved), with hold fast transportation fixing.
In summary, this stunning 1820’s clock is a hugely resounding statement of exemplary quality and condition from one of the most famous and well-documented clockmakers in history. A true testament to passionate clockmaking expertise and due diligence!