• 500 Years: Decorative Arts Eur auction at Christies

    Sale 7841

    500 Years: Decorative Arts Europe

    29 April 2010, London, King Street

  • Lot 131

    AN EARLY VICTORIAN GILT-BRASS EIGHT DAY CHRONOMETER TIMEPIECE CARRIAGE CLOCK WITH STAPLE BALANCE

    EDWARD JOHN DENT, LONDON, NO. 693. MID 19TH CENTURY

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    AN EARLY VICTORIAN GILT-BRASS EIGHT DAY CHRONOMETER TIMEPIECE CARRIAGE CLOCK WITH STAPLE BALANCE
    EDWARD JOHN DENT, LONDON, NO. 693. MID 19TH CENTURY
    CASE: recessed top and leaf-cast tie to square section handle, bevelled glasses, lock to underside for sliding rear glass panel DIAL: pierced and engraved foliate mask to white enamel chapter disc, subsidiary seconds at XII, signed 'DENT/LONDON, blued steel hands MOVEMENT: single chain fusee, maintaining power, gilt platform with underslung Earnshaw's detent escapement to Dent's staple balance and blued steel helical spring, spot-finished back plate signed 'Dent/LONDON/693'; winding key, case key
    7 1/8 in. (18 cm.) high; 5¾ in. (14.5 cm.) wide; 4¾ in. (12 cm.) deep


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    A Dent chronometer carriage clock with staple balance and of closely related design, No. 702, was sold Christie's London, 20 February 2008, lot 80 (£14,900). Edward Dent (1790-1853) patented his 'staple' balance in 1842, not long after setting up in business on his own at 82 Strand.

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    VAT rate of 5% is payable on hammer price and at 17.5% on the buyer's premium.


    Saleroom Notice

    The height measurement of this lot was taken with the handle down.


    Literature

    Charles Allix & Peter Bonnert, Carriage Clocks, Woodbridge, 1974, p.255, plate IX/21.