4 July 2007
THE PROPERTY OF A LADY
A Victorian gilt-brass eight day Westminster grande sonnerie chiming and repeating chronometer carriage clock
Signed Dent, London. Third quarter 19th Century
The bevel-glazed case on later sprung bun feet, with four position sonnerie selection lever to underside, engraved and silvered later dial with seconds ring at XII, bearing possibly spurious signature DENT, gilt brass hands, the three train movement with chain and fusee for going and barrels for the strike and quarter trains, maintaining power, Earnshaw-type spring detent escapement with cut bimetallic balance and blued steel helical spring with diamond endstone, with four gongs for the quarters to the back plate and a futher gong for the hours under the dial on the front plate, the back plate engraved with number 1; gilt-tooled brown leather travel case, later double-ended key
7 in. (18 cm.) high, handle down
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Illustrated, Charles Allix and Peter Bonnert Carriage Clocks, Their History and Developement, Antique Collectors' Club, 1974, p.263, pl.IX/39.
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