London, South Kensington
16 December 2004
A Victorian mahogany and brass-mounted eight-day marine chronometer, third quarter 19th century
The three-tier box with brass stud inlays to the lid and inset later bone roundel to the front inscribed DENT/1989, drop-down handles, the inside of the box with mercury thermometer with bone scale, brass gimbal and bowl stamped DENT/1989, the 4½in. (11.5cm.) diameter silvered Roman dial with up/down dial, signed in the centre DENT LONDON./Chronometer Maker, to the/QUEEN. NO.1989, subsidiary seconds ring below, blued steel spade and straight hands, the chain fusee movement with cut bimetallic balance and cylindrical heat compensation weights, blued steel helical balance and jewelled endstone -- 7¼in. (18cm.) square, the box
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Hans Staeger, 100 Years of Precision Timekeepers, 1997, pp.665-6, figs.1-5.
Staeger comments that apparently only three eight day marine chronometers by E.J. Dent are known to exist.
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