Accession Number: 2012.ast.8
The chronometer is inside green felt lined cubic box. It has a heavy time piece suspended in the middle of a cubic wooden box, with top opening to view timepiece (through a glass pane) and middle opening with key to access timepiece. Inside, adjacent to the timepiece on the upper right corner is a brass winding key. On the lower right corner there is a knob to move a lever which allows the timepiece to rotate in both directions (such that if the chronometer moves the face of the timepiece always remains pointed upwards). Timepiece has a metallic clock face (I-XII) with minute and hour hands and a smaller face (0-60) with a second hand. There is also a dial marked from 0 to 56 (in increments of 8), labeled “Wind”.
Alternative Name: Two day marine Chronometer
Box: Wood, leather, iron, felt; Chronometer: Wood, brass, glass, steel/other metal.
1) On outside of the chronometer a small white plaque: “Kendal & Dent; 32377; London.”
2) On timepiece face: “Kendal & Dent; Makers to the Admiralty; London No. 32377.”
3) On external box: moving sticker labeled “Dept.”.
Chronometer: Height = 19 x Width = 18.5 x Length = 18.5; Box: Height = 23 x Width = 31 x Length = 24
Keeps accurate time while at sea. Aide in navigation and determining longitude.
Manufacturer: Kendal & Dent
Date of Manufacture: 1930
University of Toronto Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics
Donated to UTSIC: No
Ordered from Kendal and Dent, London by Clarence Chant, Professor of Astrophysics. It appears Chant considered chronometers from a number of companies, including Mercer, Kulberg, and Arthur Jackson Machine Tool Co. (Toronto) before ordering from Kendal and Dent.
Mercer Chronometer Catalog and enclosed provenance documents