Andw DICKIE, London. No 2508

13748

Top quality Graham-type cylinder movement, circa 1760.

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Capped fullplate fusee movement of typical Graham/Mudge quality. Cylinder (deadbeat) escapement, the steel cylinder retaining its original Graham-type banking. Steel balance, spiral balance-spring. Beautiful Roman & Arabic enamel dial of the best London quality, a hand painted quality and finish that has never been exceeded. 37.5 mm diameter, 16 mm deep, not including centre arbor.

Andrew Dickie, a contemporary of Thomas Mudge, a now little recognised but fine watchmaker who, like Mudge, was appointed in 1761 as a specialist advisor to the Board of Longitude regarding the work of John Harrison. Dickie, working in the Parish of St John, Clerkenwell, died in 1772 - his will can be found in the National Archives (PROB 11/978).


NB: Andrew Dickie had retail outlets in both Edinburgh and London, or at least both Edinburgh and London can be found engraved on his watches. Both form part of the same number sequence and I believe that he was closely associated with cylinder escapement making for the Graham workshop. One of his finest watches, a double dialled equation-of-time watch was recently sold as part of the Djanogly collection at Sothebys in London. Now in the Patek Museum, it has been written that it is more likely to be the work of Thomas Mudge, as is the similar double dialled but anonymous watch at the British Museum. Neither watch is however the work of Thomas Mudge and, in crediting the watch to Mudge, it does a disservice to Dickie who was certainly a fine watchmaker on his own account.


Watches by Dickie are rarely seen. Lacking hands, dial with faint hair crack and the mainspring either broken or unhooked. Otherwise complete, including fusee chain, and nothing broken. Not working although it looks as though it should work when properly repaired.


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