Rolling ball clock by E. Dent and Co

Made:
1920 in London
maker:
E Dent and Company
Rolling ball clock by E. Dent & Co, London c.1920 Rolling ball clock by E. Dent & Co, London c.1920

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Rolling ball clock by E. Dent & Co, London c.1920
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Rolling ball clock by E. Dent & Co, London c.1920
Science Museum Group / The Clockmakers' Museum
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London

Rolling ball clock by E. Dent & Co, London c.1920. The escapement is operated by a ball rolling down a zig-zag path cut in a plate pivoted at its centre and which tilts as the ball reaches the end of its travel. The movement is housed in a brass cover designed as a Greek temple with four Corinthian columns. There are three dials in the pediment for hours, minutes, and quarter minutes. Seconds are also indicated. Spring driven.

This clock is derived from a type designed and patented by William Congreve in 1808, though similar clocks were recorded in London in the late 17th century. The clockwork is controlled by the regular movement of the plate beneath it. This can tilt only when the ball has rolled from one end to the other and released a catch. In a year the ball travels 2,522 miles. The system is not conducive to accurate timekeeping. Clockmakers Museum No. 689

Details

Category:
Clockmakers
Collection:
The Worshipful Company of Clockmakers
Object Number:
L2015-3562
type:
spring clock and rolling ball
credit:
Lent by the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers