DENT 'Watchmaker to the Queen' 61 Strand & 4 Royal Exchange, London. No 48718


Fine large free-sprung Deck Watch, with lovely brass-bound box.

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Silver crystal case hallmarked London 1895, casemaker EM (Edward Matthews, Clerkenwell), also bearing the firm's cameo DENT stamp. Keywound fullplate fusee movement, with cap jewels on balance, lever and escape. Single-roller detached lever escapement. Compensation balance paired with free-sprung Palladium balance-spring with overcoil. Signed enamel dial also bearing the DENT in a triangle trademark, blued-steel hands. 56 mm diameter. Together with its unusual 3-piece brass-bound Deck Box with what looks to be an engraved 'AS' monogram on its brass plaque.

The firm of E Dent & Co, London, one of the leading watch, chronometer and clock makers of the period - see the book and its supplement on Edward John Dent... by Vaudrey Mercer.

NB: English Deck Watch boxes are usually in mahogany at this period, as stipulated by the Royal Navy, but rarely, if ever, are they brass-bound, this velvet lined oak box obviously being a special order.

The box showing just a few honourable age scars and the smallest of hair cracks running from the centre into the seconds bit. Otherwise a fine example of a best quality English keywound Deck Watch in its lovely 3-piece box, supplied for private rather than Royal Navy use. Serviced and guaranteed.