Dent, London. No. 20796
A fine and rare nickel eight day chronometer carriage timepiece. The white enamel dial signed Dent, 33 Cockspur Street London 20796 with seconds dial and set within a silvered engine turned mask, the four pillar chain fusee movement signed Dent, 33 Cockspur Street, London, No. 20796, the deeply planted platform with Earnshaw's spring detent escapement and free sprung Dent’s Staple balance with blued helical balance spring. The numbered case with thick bevelled glass and dust shutters to the back door. Original leather travelling case with Bramah lock.
Date circa 1857 Height 6 ins ( 14.2 cm)
Nickel carriage clocks, also known as ‘German silver’, by Dent are extremely rare. Including the present example, we believe there are just twelve recorded.
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.