Dent epicyclical skeleton clock, 1973, after Strutt and Wigstom.
$2000 plus shipping.
During the 1970s, Dent of London worked in collaboration with the
exceptionally talented Fred Whitlock in faithfully reproducing technically
ingenious skeleton clocks from the past - this English skeleton clock with
sun and planets gearing, a triple-weight French skeleton clock and one (the
design inspired by the Concorde airplane) with remontoire winding. As with
many designs produced by Fred Whitlock and others for Dent in this period,
the quality of both the engineering and finish are exceptional. Between
November of 1973 and February 1974, Dent of London produced this
reproduction of a design by William Strutt of Derby from the late 1820s, and
produced then in small numbers by his friend and similarly gifted engineer,
William Wigston. The original production ran to only 20 pieces due to the
excessive cost. Dent's 1970s production was limited to a run of 100 pieces.
The clock features epicyclic gearing, also referred to as 'sun and planets'
gearing. Mounted on the central arbor is a large ring with both internal and
external teeth. This one wheel gears up the escape wheel, and gears down the
hour wheel. A full explanation of epicyclical gearing and this clock in
particular is given on pages 99-101 of F.B. Royer-Collards book, SKELETON
CLOCKS. The C-scroll brass frame is beautifully finished with soft beveled
edges, the pillars secured with massive blued screws. The pendulum bob is
similarly beautifully profiled, all giving this clock a very elegant feel.
The top of the frame is signed by Fred Whitlock.