BRACKET CLOCK C. Cabrier London Ca. 1730 England

Bracket clocks


Signed: C. Cabrier London
Circa 1730

The spring-driven eight-day brass movement has a going train only, with verge escapement, hairspring balance and regulation. The balance cock on the backplate is elaborately pierced and engraved, depicting scrolling leaf motifs. To the right of this cock is a prominent silvered Arabic regulation disc with below the engraved signature of the maker C. Cabrier London.

The square brass dial has a silvered 24-hour chapter ring with Roman numerals I-XII twice, half-hour, quarter-hour, Arabic five-minute and minute divisions. There is a winding hole near the VI and to the right, also on the level of the VI, a date aperture. The dial is signed by the maker C. Cabrier London. The time is indicated by a fine unusual pair of blued steel hands. There are four silvered spandrels in the corners.

The ebonised pearwood-veneered oak case has a domed top and mouldings at the top and bottom. It is surmounted by a brass carrying handle, while it rests on four turned wooden bun feet.

Duration 1 week

Height 27 cm.
Width 17 cm.
Depth 10 cm.

Brian Loomes, Watchmakers and Clockmakers of the World, London, 2006, p. 128

The maker
Charles Cabrier (II) had his workshop in London. He started off as an apprentice in 1719 , was a member of the Clockmakers’ Company from 1726 until 1777. Around 1730 he worked in a building called the Dial, in Token-house Yard, St. Margaret, Lothbury, London; in 1734 he is recorded of having been in Broad Street. His father was a well-known clockmaker, as was his son Charles (III).

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