Large barrel-edge silver case hallmarked London 1833, casemaker JD (James Dow or Joseph Dewin, Clerkenwell). Fullplate fusee movement finished in the then fashionably plain style, with cap jewels on balance (diamond) and escape. Chronometer escapement, the spring-detent of Pennington’s dovetail footed design. Compensation balance of typical Pennington form. 6-turn blued-steel helical spring with Arnold’s terminal curves. Signed enamel dial in perfect condition, gold hands. Together with its lovely 3-piece mahogany deck box, the top retaining its original engraved ivory plaque – these sadly now usually get destroyed! Watch 54 mm diameter, box 11 x 9 x 4.5 cm.
John Roger Arnold and Edward John Dent formed a ten year partnership between 1830 and 1840, during which some very fine watches and chronometers were produced incorporating the ideas and skills of both these famous makers. This watch looks to have be re-sold by Dent shortly after the partnership ended, adding ‘Dent late’ to the foot of the cock. Other than the address on the ivory plaque, nothing else appears to have been changed.
Robert Pennington, son of Robert, a most important family of wholesale chronometer makers that supplied numerous retailers in the first half of the 19th century, many of whose reputation as chronometer makers is largely dependent on the Pennington’s work. NB: The firm of Arnold & Dent are known to have sub-contracted some of their chronometer work to the Pennington firm.
Box, watch, movement, escapement, etc, all in lovely condition, only the later and wrong style hands have been changed from when it was last offered for sale. The present replacement gold hands are perfect, the watch now being once again a fine example of best quality London work of the period. Serviced and guaranteed.