MUDGE & DUTTON, London. No 953


Top quality cylinder movement by this most famous partnership, circa 1770.

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Large capped fullplate fusee movement of typical Mudge/late Graham caliper, with beautifully engraved cock and slide plate. Cylinder escapement with 16 tooth brass escape and retaining its original cylinder banking. Steel balance, original 4 1/4 turn balance-spring. Original 'Roman & Arabic' enamel dial of best London quality, enamelled on gold. 4.5 mm diameter, 17 mm deep, not including centre arbor.

Thomas Mudge & William Dutton, Fleet St, London, the foremost watch and clock making partnership in the 18th century, both having been apprenticed to George Graham - Mudge oversaw the watch work and Dutton the clock making.

NB: Best quality 'Venetian' enamel dials were often used by the Mudge & Dutton firm. This enamel fired at a higher temperature than normal ground glass and, due to copper distorting in such heat, the dial plates were instead made of 22 ct gold. The enamel was also used thinner than normal and very many of those few that survive are now cracked. The hand painted lettering on these dials is also exquisite, as is the ground and fired 'eggshell' surface, an art that has truly been lost, no-one today being able to reproduce this quality.

Lacking hands, dial with hair crack and cap bolt broken and incomplete. Otherwise a rare chance to own an example of this makers work in much more original condition than usually found, and produced before Thomas retired from business due to ill health. Not cleaned by me and rather dirty, but nothing broken and it should work when properly cleaned and freshly oiled - the crack in the dial also looks as though it will clean.