Petite Library Clock by Dent of London: platform escapement with slow fast lever
A petite, Library Clock by the renowned firm of clock makers DENT of London showing the post 1876 trademark of a triangle containing the word DENT on the dial. Dated by the address on the dial of 28 Cockspur Street London to between 1921 and 1936. At this time Dent was also at 61 Strand and 4 Royal Exchange. In the 1850s, the firm Dent made the clock mechanism of BIG BEN for the Houses of Parliament in Westminster, London.
Strictly speaking Big Ben is the name of the huge 13 ton bell on which the hours are struck.
Matching Serial Number “61589” on the dial and the back of the movement.
The round, single train movement of 3 ¼ ” diameter with nice solid plates 1/8 “ thick.
The plates, decorated with a distinct pattern of engine turning, are separated by four, solid, round tuned pillars, pinned at front and screwed at rear. Jewelled platform lever escapement protected by a brass cover, the balance wheel with timing screws – the slow / fast lever protruding through the dial just above the 12. The domed brass dial of 4 ½ “ diameter marked DENT within the triangle over the address 28 Cockspur Street with engraved, minute graduated outer chapter ring enclosing black inlaid Roman numerals. The time indicated by blued steel spade hands. The dial protected by a hinged, cast and machined bezel, containing a convex glass with bevel to outer. The dome topped case 8 ¾ “ tall, of solid Mahogany on a stepped base over bracket feet. Bobbin turned, ebonised pillars from above the base to half way of the dial, Fruit or Satin wood stringing below the dial and a similar wood strung rectangle to the front of the base enclosing a ball terminal ended lozenge.
DENT has Makers to and Holders of Royal Warrants from Her Majesty Queen Victoria and H.R.H. Albert; Prince of Wales; His Majesty King Edward VI; His Majesty King George V; Her Majesty Queen Mary; His Majesty Tsar Alexander III and His Majesty Tsar Nicolas II Emperors of Russia and His Majesty Emperor Meiji of Japan. Makers to the Courts and Governments of France, Austria, Italy, Russia, Germany, Spain, the United States.