Dent, London No. 19167
A fine and rare chronometer carriage clock.
The white enamel dial signed Dent, London with seconds dial and set within a gilt floral mask. The superb four pillar chain fusee movement signed Dent, 33 Cockspur Street, London, No. 19167. The deeply planted platform with Earnshaw's spring detent escapement and rare free sprung Dent’s Staple balance with blued helical balance spring. The wonderful condition case with original gilding has cruciform corner pillars and ball finials with cruciform handle, dust shutters to the glazed back door. Original leather travelling case with Bramah lock.
Date circa 1850
Height 6 ins ( 14.2 cm)
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.