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Maker, Edward John Dent, London, c. 1850 no. 860. Jeweled deadbeat escapement, Movement plates spotted and wheel train fully jeweled up to going barrel, with half-second, mercury compensated pendulum compensation. Fine beat adjustment above two prong crutch and vernier rate adjustment . Silvered brass dial. Movement: 18.5"h (47cm) x 6.5"w (16.5cm) x 6.5"d (16.5cm). With base and case: 23.5"h (60cm) x 7.75"w (19cm) x 7.75"d (19cm)

Edward dent made a small series of these attractive table regulators in the mid 1800's. Derek Roberts puts this number at six to perhaps seven. He states "These were probably the most attractive clocks Dent ever made with their beautifully finished cases, finely engraved dials, with seconds hand, fully exposed movements." While all of them were similar in their architectural style of construction, they were highly individualized with different escapements, some with remontoire and varying amounts of jewelling. The body of the clock in some cases were silvered some places.

The known examples of this clock to the best of this author's knowledge are as follows:

Dent, 61 Strand, 507, detent escapement (type unknown, probably the same as no. 508), location unknown

Dent, 82 Strand, no. 508. Airy spring detent pinwheel escapement, c. 1836. Lord Harris collection, Belmont, England

Dent, 33 Cockspur St., no. 521, Airy 30 second train remontoire, c. 1845, formerly in the Time Museum, Rockford, Illinois USA

Dent, 33 Cockspur St., no. 522, Airy 30 second train remontoire, c.1845, private collection, USA

Dent, London no. 860, deadbeat escapement, fully jeweled movement, author's collection

In addition this writer did see another example in a small museum in Germany in September 2014, but unfortunately cannot come up with the photo or other information.

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Literature: British Skeleton Clocks, Derek Roberts, p. 231, English Precision Pendulum Clocks, Derek Roberts, pp. 167-169