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Dent, London. No. 1606

Clockmaker: Dent, London


A very fine mahogany wall regulator. Circa 1860


Mahogany case with fine carved detail to the shallow arch top , glazed lift off front. Solid mahogany backboard with a solid iron block for securing the movement and pendulum. The backboard mounted with the original beat scale and regulation scale.


The finely engraved silvered regulator dial signed Dent London 61 Strand & 34 Royal Exchange Clockmaker to the Queen and numbered in the hour subsidiary dial 1606. Blued steel hands.


The superb movement has water of ayr stoned plates with the jewelled deadbeat escapement mounted on the backplate. Two-piece crutch with fine adjustment, High-count train with delicate wheels having five crossings, maintaining power. The backplate signed Dent London.The mercury pendulum has a steel rod pendulum and cast iron cylindrical bob with steel pointer. Original patinated pulley and weight. Original winding key

5 ft. (152 cm.) high

Edward John Dent went into partnership with John Roger Arnold at 84 Strand. In 1840 he set up on his own at 64 Strand. 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. Dent supplied quality regulators for observatories around the world, including wall regulators used in the Transit of Venus observations.