A fine and rare mid 19th century nickel cased eight day chronometer timepiece  Dent, 33 Cockspur Street, London, number 22005
Lot 69
A fine and rare mid 19th century nickel cased eight day chronometer timepiece
Dent, 33 Cockspur Street, London, number 22005
Sold for £37,500 (US$ 50,165) inc. premium

Fine Clocks

29 Jun 2017, 14:00 BST

London, New Bond Street

Lot Details
A fine and rare mid 19th century nickel cased eight day chronometer timepiece  Dent, 33 Cockspur Street, London, number 22005 A fine and rare mid 19th century nickel cased eight day chronometer timepiece  Dent, 33 Cockspur Street, London, number 22005 A fine and rare mid 19th century nickel cased eight day chronometer timepiece  Dent, 33 Cockspur Street, London, number 22005
A fine and rare mid 19th century nickel cased eight day chronometer timepiece
Dent, 33 Cockspur Street, London, number 22005
The case with hexagonal-section folding handle mounted so as to be almost flush with the rounded top section, over a substantial bevelled glass panel to the top and three to the body, the rear door secured via a screw set to the underside of the base and fitted with two shuttered apertures for winding and hand setting (both titled to the collar), the signed white enamel dial with outer minute track with typical triangular markers for the five minutes and lozenges for the quarters, with black Roman numeral and recessed subsidiary Arabic seconds dial, with blued steel hands set in a nickel engine turned mask framed by an angled sight ring, the movement with substantial plates united by four turned pillars, the spotted backplate fully signed and numbered, the chain fusee with maintaining power and large shaped platform supporting the freesprung blued steel helical spring with diamond endstone terminating in a cut and compensated bimetallic balance to an Earnshaw type detent escapement. Dial and movement signed and numbered, the case numbered to the underside. Together with a winding key. 17cms high (6.5ins) handle raised,

Footnotes

  • Provenance: Private UK collection. This clock has been in the vendor's family for at least four generations.

    A similar chronometer timepiece, number 1503, is illustrated in Allix and Bonnert, 'Carriage Clocks' ACC plate IX/95, top right hand side.

    Interestingly, the clock numbered directly after the current lot, number 22006 and dated to circa 1857 is illustrated in Allix and Bonnert plates IX/30 and/31. It is further listed in Mercer, 'Edward John Dent and his Successors' AHS 1977 p684 as having a spring detent escapement and auxiliary compensation to the balance.

    An indication of quite how treasured and expensive these clocks were is given in an advert by Dent dated to circa 1873.

    A lever carriage clock striking the hours and half-hours "of foreign manufacture" was retailed by them for 8 guineas. The current clock, described as
    "Chronometer time-piece, finest quality, in German silver or dead-gilt case" was nearly ten times as much, priced at 60 guineas.
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