DENT ‘Watchmaker to the Queen’ 61 Strand & 35 Royal Exchange, London. No 41872


Good quality lever movement by Nicole Nielsen, circa 1885.

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Three-quarter plate keyless (hunter set) going-barrel movement jewelled to the 3rd, with hard brass setting at the centre, with cap jewels on balance, lever and escape, the frame stamped with NN's number 1919. Single-roller detached lever escapement with adjustable single-pin banking set on a screw head. Compensation balance, balance-spring with overcoil. Signed enamel dial in perfect condition, blued-steel hands. 42.5 mm diameter, only 8.5 mm deep, not including centre arbor.

The firm of E J Dent, with shops in the Strand and the Royal Exchange at this period, one of the most important English watch, clock and chronometer makers of the second half of the 19th century. See the book on Edward John Dent and the various Dent firms by Vaudrey Mercer.

Nicole Nielsen were the foremost London watchmakers of the second half of the 19th and early 20th centuries, supplying many of the finest watches to retailers such as Frodsham, Dent, Smith & Son, etc. See my reprint of Nicole Nielsen's High-Class English Watches trade catalogue and my site Glossary for more information about this most important and still mostly underrated London firm.

Lacking seconds hand, the half-hunter hour hand incomplete and rather dirty with dried up oil. Not cleaned by me, and it will tick when wound, but sold as needing a service and fresh oil to work properly.