James McCABE, London. No 3440


Fine cylinder movement by this interesting maker, circa 1800.

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Nicely finished capped fullplate fusee movement, the 15-size Lancashire frame numbered as the movement, as is the cap and the dial. Cylinder (frictional rest) deadbeat escapement, the original steel cylinder with Graham-type banking. Steel balance, spiral balance-spring. Lovely convex enamel dial, fitted without a brass-edge (allowing a thinner watch), in perfect condition. 43.5 mm diameter, 15 mm deep, not including centre arbor.

James McCabe, Royal Exchange, London, watchmaker and founder of an important 19th century London firm. See the article on the firm by Paul Hackamack published in Antiquarian Horology, vol 10, 1977, pages 308-316. As evidenced by this movement, the firm was notably conscientious in the care it took in finishing their work.

NB: The original 13-tooth brass escape wheel has been dished slightly, allowing the teeth to engage a different part of the cylinder. This watch jobber's ploy is not uncommon and, if well done, as here, allows the escapement a further use of life rather than the usual poor replacement and altered banking, the latter of which often included removing the edge of the cock table.

Hands incomplete, otherwise in lovely original condition. Not cleaned by me but will tick happily when wound.