Dent Inclined Plane Clock
Dent Inclined Plane Clock
Dent Inclined Plane Clock
Dent Inclined Plane Clock

E DENT & COMPANY (worked c.1870-1975)

Dent Inclined Plane Clock

1973 England

Offered by Carlton Clocks Ltd.


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A replica of a 17th century gravity clock, this inclined plane clock by Dent dates from 1973.

The inner mechanism and clock face are weighted to keep them vertical, while the outer rim rotates as the clock drum rolls down the plane. The clock traverses the entire plane over the course of one week. At the end of the week, the clock is lifted and replaced at the top of the plane, preferably on a Sunday. No further winding is necessary.

Dent made a limited edition of 500 of these fascinating rolling drum timepieces in 1973. It is signed for DENT on both the pyramid on the base and engraved onto the dial centre.

The drum movement sits on the inclined leather-covered brass plane, held on by friction alone. Over the course of a week, it travels down the plane. The dial chapter ring remain upright at all times. The clock is wound by simply lifting the drum and replacing it at the top of the plane.

The back of the drum movement is plain brass, beneath the cover the movement can be seen to be signed and dated by Andrew Fell, as are all of these clocks, and it is numbered 085.

The solid brass base has knurled adjustable feet and tapering doric columns supporting the tooled red leather slope, the sides of which are embellished with red perspex borders and a brass strip with engraved days of the week.

The signed drum movement has a silvered Roman chapter ring, engraved sunburst centre and pierced hands to the movement with lever platform escapement driven by a large counterweight.

Price includes delivery within mainland UK.
The clock is awaiting overhauling, which will be carried out in our onsite workshops. The clock will then be guaranteed for 3 years. The photos show another identical example that we have previously sold.
Dent were highly esteemed names in the English clock-making world in the 1970s and earlier. Established in 1814, they were commissioned to make the Standard Clock at the Royal Observatory, Greenwich which was to keep “Greenwich Mean Time” the time to which all others in the Empire were referred. In 1852, they were awarded the contract to make London’s “Big Ben” clock. They were also awarded a Royal warrants by Queen Victoria, later renewed by Edward VII and George V. A skeleton clock presented to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in November 2007 can today be found in the Garden Room at Buckingham Palace.
Height 31.00 cm (12.20 inches)
Width 71.00 cm (27.95 inches)
Depth 12.00 cm (4.72 inches)
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