25 November 1997
A Regency gold pocket chronometer
Bentley & Beck No 932; Circa 1815
The white enamel dial signed and numbered Bentley & Beck, Royal Exchange, London 932, Roman hour numerals, gold Breguet hour and minute hands, subsidiary seconds dial (at VI) with blued steel hand, frosted gilt screwed frames, the top-plate engraved Bentley & Beck 932, the barrel bridge engraved Royal Exchange, London, engraved balance cock with index arm, Earnshaw escapement, cut bimetallic Pennington balance with brass cross-arm with sector affixes at outer ends, flat blued steel balance spring, dovetail spring detent with jewelled locking stone to side of banking block, the case numbered 932, London 1815. Casemaker S.B.
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John Bentley was a foreman to James McCabe. The casemaker SB was Samuel Brook of 3 Ashby Street, Clerkenwell.
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