Mattw & Thos DUTTON, London. No 1521


Graham/Mudge quality cylinder movement, circa 1800.

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Capped fullplate fusee movement of typical Mudge/late Graham caliper, with well engraved cock and slide plate and square baluster pillars. Cylinder escapement with 13-tooth brass escape, the steel cylinder retaining its original Graham-type banking. 38 mm diameter, 14.5 mm deep, not including centre arbor. In later purpose made silver gilt case, numbered as the movement.

Matthew and Thomas Dutton, sons of William Dutton and inheritors of the firm operated by Thomas Mudge & William Dutton in Fleet St, London, the foremost watchmaking partnership in the second half of the 18th century, both having been apprenticed to George Graham. NB: By 1770 Mudge had retired due to poor health and his watchmaking duties for the firm (he remained a partner) were taken over, in the most part, by top London finishers such as Larcum Kendall. This movement is too late to be his work but the distinctive design and quality associated with Mudge is still present.

Badly cracked dial and mismatched hands, otherwise a rare chance to own an example of a well finished cylinder movement from this short lived late 18th century partnership. Not cleaned by me but tries to tick if wound.