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James McCabe (1748-1811)

Biography of the clockmaker James McCabe (1748-1811)

James McCabe (1748-1811) was born circa 1748 and was an Irish watchmaker from Lurgin, near Belfast, the son of the watchmaker Patrick McCabe.

McCabe ventured to London in 1775, via Belfast, where he had worked with his brother Thomas McCabe, becoming Free of the Clockmakers Company in 1781.

McCabe was raised to the Livery in 1787 and became a Junior Warder in January 1809, a Renter Warden in October of that year and finally a Senior Warden in July 1811.

James McCabe died on 6th October 1811 at his home in Stoke Newington of 'mortification of the leg'.

McCabe left a wife, Elizabeth, and eleven surviving children.

The business came to further prominence after his death when he was succeeded by his sons Thomas McCabe  and James McCabe, along with Robert Jeremy McCabe , helped by the widow of James McCabe (Senior), Elizabeth.

After 1833, when Elizabeth died, only two sons, Robert McCabe and eldest son Charley McCabe, survived with Robert taking sole charge of the business.

The firm founded by James McCabe also made fine clocks and carriage clocks as well as chronometers.

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Lot FS27/663

Lot FS27/663: James McCabe, London, A Mahogany Bracket Clock

James McCabe, London, a mahogany bracket clock the eight-day duration, five-pillar double-fusee movement with an anchor escapement and striking the hours on a bell with pull repeat, the backplate having shouldered plates and engraved with the maker's name James McCabe, Royal Exchange, London, the 5½ inch round silvered dial engraved with a repeat of the maker's name and numbered 1977, giving a date of manufacture of circa 1836, with black Roman numerals, blued steel moon hands and a strike/silent lever above XII o'clock, the bell-top mahogany case with inset wooden frets to the front with brass trim, canted corners, brass fishscale frets to the sides, a brass carrying handle to the top and standing on brass bracket feet, height 39cm (without handle), 43cm (with handle).

Estimate: £2,800 - £3,000
Realised: £3,000