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Dent, 33 Cockspur Street, London


A fine and rare gilt chronometer carriage timepiece. The 3-inch enamel dial signed Dent 33 Cockspur Street, London with seconds dial and set within a gilt engine-turned mask, the four pillar chain fusee movement signed Dent, 33 Cockspur Street, London, No. 21246, the deeply planted platform with Earnshaw's spring detent escapement and free sprung bi metal balance having auxillary compensation with blued helical balance spring.

Date circa 1857 Height 5 3/4 ins (14.5 cm)

It is interesting to note that a chronometer carriage timepiece from Dent cost more than a striking carriage clock with lever escapement. A Dent advert of his clocks in 1873 states "Chronometer time-piece, finest quality, in German silver or dead-gilt case' at 60 guineas. Where a striking clock was 40 to 55 guineas and a striking carriage clock 'of foreign manufacture", a French carriage clock, was priced at just 8 guineas.

Edward John Dent (1790-1853) went into partnership with John Roger Arnold at 84 Strand. In 1840 he set up on his own at 64 Strand and also at 28 and 33 Cockspur Street. He was granted the Royal Warrant as Chronometer Maker to the Queen in 1841. In 1852 Dent won the commission to make the great clock for the Houses of Parliament at Westminster but died in 1853 before it was completed. Mainspring R. Smith Aug 1857.

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