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
This example is illustrated in British Skeleton Clocks,
Derek Roberts, pp. 231, 234.
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
Dent, 61 Strand, 507, detent escapement, possibly acquired by Dent post
breakdown of the partnership between Dent and Airy (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, private collection.
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
There is another without a serial number that has Airy's spring detent
escapement but no remontoire. It has some substantial design differences, the main
being that the pendulum is suspended behind the clock frame and not within,
The entire four pillar frame being somewhat narrower than the examples
cited, the pillars of a different design as well as the base. Bonham's,
December 12, 2018, lot #108.
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, it may be the number 507.