BRACKET CLOCK C. Cabrier London Ca. 1730 England
Signed: C. Cabrier London
The spring-driven brass plated fusee movement has a going train only, with verge escapement and hairspring balance with regulation. The balance cock on the backplate is pierced and profusely engraved in scroll leaf motifs. Next to the balance cock is a silvered regulation disc. The maker has signed the clock below this disc as follows: C. Cabrier London.
The square brass dial has a silvered 24-hour chapter ring with Roman hour numerals I-XII twice, half-hour, quarter-hour, Arabic five-minute and minute divisions. There is a winding hole to the left near the VI and a date aperture to the right, also near the VI. The dial is similarly signed as the backplate: C. Cabrier London. The time is indicated by a pair of blued steel hands. There are silver spandrels in the corners.
The ebonised pearwood veneered oak case has mouldings at the top and the bottom. It is surmounted by a brass carrying handle. The case rests on four shaped wooden feet.
Duration 1 week.
Height 27 cm.
Width 17 cm.
Depth 10 cm.
Brian Loomes, Watchmakers and Clockmakers of the World, p. 128
Charles Cabrier (II) was active as a clockmaker in London, starting as an apprentice in 1719. He was a member of the Clockmakers’ Company from 1726 to 1777. In 1730 he worked in London, Dial, Token-house Yard, in the borough of St. Margaret, Lothbury, and in 1734 in Broad Street. His father was also a well-known clockmaker, as was his son Charles (III).