Trust’s clock expert, returns

We were pleased to welcome the Trust’s clock expert, Duncan Greig, back to the house to continue servicing the clocks. During Duncan’s last visit he dismantled the James McCabe Bracket clock in the Dining Room to allow Eveliina Peltola, the Trust’s furniture restorer, to repair the case of the clock, including stabilising loose veneers and mouldings. Duncan made a new hand collet for the clock (this secures the hands to the dial)  as the existing one was not original and poorly fitting allowing the hands to move in and out as they circled the dial.
 
This clock is a favourite at Godinton, especially with Angie, our Housekeeper. It is a Trafalgar style, rosewood case with a grandooned top made circa 1805. James McCabe (1748 – 1811) started his business in Ireland before relocating to London where he became famous for the quality of his workmanship and craftsmanship. His four sons carried on the business after his death and were one of the most famous clockmaking families of the 19th century, being particularly skilled at making exceptional English carriage clocks.
 
The clock is fitted with a repeat cord, which when pulled repeats the strike for the last hour, enabling the owner to have an idea of the time even if they are unable to see the clock.