Dent, London. No. 19621
A fine and rare gilt brass repeating chronometer carriage clock.
The 3-inch enamel dial with Roman numerals and subsidiary seconds dial, signed Dent London, set within a superb gilt engine-turned mask.
The gilt case with bevelled glass to the sides and top, cruciform corner pillars and ball finials, similar handle and dust shutters to the back door. Original numbered winding key and the original leather travelling case with Bramah lock.
Substantial five pillar two train fusee and chain movement signed Dent, 33 Cockspur Street, London, No. 19621. The deeply planted platform with Earnshaw's spring detent escapement and Dent's free sprung staple balance with blued helical balance spring, maintaining power, gong striking with repeat button to the side, strike/silent lever mounted on the backplate.
Date circa 1850
Height. 8 inches (21 cm)
Provenance. The George Daniels Horological Collection. George Daniels (1926-2011) was a Master watchmaker and regarded by many as the finest watchmaker in the world during his lifetime.
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.