A lovely English carriage clock by James McCabe; the twin-fusee, five-pillar movement strikes the hours on a gong with a typical McCabe repeat button set through the top glass and has an underslung platform lever escapement with a flat plain balance, used by McCabe as it was felt this style was less prone to damage during transit. There is maintaining power to the going side and is engraved on the backplate 'James McCabe, Royal Exchange, London. No. 2141'. The white enamel dial, with blued steel moon hands. is fairly unusual on a McCabe clock although this particular example is recorded in various publications as being in the 'French style' which may account for this. It is signed 'James McCabe, Royal Exchange, London, 2141' with a gap between Mc and Cabe as often found on his dials and also has triangle markings at the III, VI, IX and XII hours and dots at the others, a style seen on clocks by both McCabe and Thomas Cole, who at this time, 1840, was actually working for the McCabe business. The usual Mccabe shuttered back door has levers for regulation and strike/silent, with hand setting and winding apertures, the engraving for each again typical of both McCabe & Cole. The serial number, 2141, indicates a date of manufacture of circa 1840.
This clock is recorded in Allix & Bonnert, 'Carriage Clocks'; and Andrew Nicholls, 'English Bracket & Mantel Clocks' where they both make the mistake of calling it a timepiece, with details for one publication obviously taken from the other.