Presumed to have come from the bench of Edward John Dent, a highly prominent figure within the world of clockmaking. The vice made from brass with 42mm steel jaws, steel clamp and fastening bar is also engraved Edward John Dent, London, with period engraving.
Currently: Private collection, UK.
Purchased: Public auction, UK.
Edward John Dent – B.1790-D.1853
From 1814 Edward John Dent established an outstanding reputation as a builder of accurate chronometers. His inventive talents were soon documented and a chronometer he had submitted forward for trials gained the First Premium Award in the 1829 Greenwich Trials.
Dent’s reputation soared and their chronometers accompanied some of the century’s most significant explorers. In 1852 Dent won the commission to make the great clock (Big Ben) for the Houses of Parliament in Westminster, but unfortunately, he died before completing the clock. Edward John Dent died on 8 March 1853, at the age of 62 and his adopted son Frederick William Dent (Rippon) completed the Great Clock.
J. C. Collection
The J. C. Collection is one mans collection of fine antique clocks based in the county of Bedfordshire.
A highly respected horologist and a Fellow of The British Horological Institute, James has held many horological positions of high esteem working for contracts with H. M. Government to the The Honourable Society of the Inner Temple.
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