A fine and very rare mid 19th century English nickel cased eight day chronometer carriage timepiece with staple balance Dent, London, number 18699

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Lot 56*
A fine and very rare mid 19th century English nickel cased eight day chronometer carriage timepiece with staple balance
Dent, London, No.18699

Sold for £ 27,562 (US$ 35,728) inc. premium

Fine Clocks

19 Jun 2019, 14:00 BST

London, New Bond Street

A fine and very rare mid 19th century English nickel cased eight day chronometer carriage timepiece with staple balance
Dent, London, No.18699
The case with ribbed hexagonal handle mounted so as to sit flush in the recessed upper lip, over the heavy bevelled glass inspection panel, the sides with matching heavy glass panels, the solid glass rear panel unlocked via a secret screw set to the underside (actuated with the winding key) and inlaid with twin nickel bezels for winding and hand-setting, each with a hinged engraved shutter marked 'Wind' and 'Set Hands.' The 3 inch signed white enamel dial with outer minute band, the quarters marked with a lozenge, the five minutes with a triangle, Roman numerals and blued steel hands, the XII intersected by the sunken dial for running Arabic seconds, the single chain fusee movement with thick plates united by four turned pillars, with maintaining power, the large frosted gilt platform with diamond endstone set in a double screwed blued steel chaton over a blued steel helical spring of nine turns supporting a large bimetallic steel and brass 'staple' balance to an Earnshaw type spring detent escapement. 19.5cms (7 1/2ins) high.

Footnotes

  • Provenance: Private European collection.

    A similar chronometer timepiece, number 22005 but with standard balance, was sold in these rooms 29th June 2017, lot 69 for a total of £39,000.

    An indication of quite how treasured and expensive these clocks were when new, 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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A fine and very rare mid 19th century English nickel cased eight day chronometer carriage timepiece with staple balance Dent, London, number 18699
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