1847 Victorian 18ct Gold Gents Pocket Watch by J McCabe


A very fine 1847 Victorian English 18 carat yellow gold (750) gentlemen’s open face pocket watch, with fusée movement by the renowned London watchmaker James McCabe.
The watch has a white enamel dial with black painted Roman numerals. The hands are gold with spear head for the hours and fleur de lis head for the minutes. The edge of the dial has painted minute divisions. There is a subsidiary seconds inner dial at the 6 o’clock position. The watchmakers details are written under the XII: JAs. Mc. CABE. – Royal Exchange – LONDON – 18507. The 18ct gold case has a front domed glass lens and 2 rear dust covers protecting the movement. Both covers, as well as the body, are hallmarked 18ct gold by the London Assay and have the date stamp, albeit quite worn for 1847. The back plate is decorated with a finely machined radial chequering and a central cartouche for initials. Opening the first dust cover reveals the hallmarks and the stamped letters IMC above SS. The second cover has 2 holes that reveal the winding and adjusting square section spigots for the number 6 key. Opening the front lens frame allows the lifting out of the watch, revealing the signed fusée movement is engraved 'James McCabe Royal Exchange London 18507’. The watch is in very fine condition and good working order, but is currently gaining/losing 2 minutes/day. This will probably improve with use.
Size: 45 x 62 x 14 mm (1 ¾ x 2 7/16 x 9/16 inches)
Weight: 66 g