DENT 'Watchmaker to the King' London. No 56886


Good Edwardian period watch by this most famous London firm, with provenance.

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Silver 'crystal' engine-turned case hallmarked 1902, the rear with CMH monogram, casemaker JW (probably Joseph Walton, Clerkenwell). Three-quarter plate movement jewelled to the 3rd, with cap jewels on balance, lever and escape, almost certainly supplied to Dent by Rotherhams. Single-roller detached lever escapement. Compensation balance, balance-spring with overcoil. Signed enamel dial with the DENT in a triangle trademark, blued-steel hands, the hour of distinctive Rotherham's spade shape. 52 mm diameter.

The firm of Dent, then with branches at 61 Strand and 4 Royal Exchange London, one of the leading watch, chronometer and clock makers of the period - see the book on Edward John Dent and the various Dent firms by Vaudrey Mercer.

Case, dial and movement in good original condition showing just a few signs of use. A wearable watch by Dent at a reasonable price, and with the provenance of having been recently sold as part of the contents of Spetchley Park, the still privately owned mansion and country park estate near Worcester with connections to Edward Elgar. Serviced and guaranteed.