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Matthew & Thomas Dutton, London

A rare travelling wall timepiece with alarm. Circa 1797

The 4 by 5 1/2 inch shallow break arch brass hinged dial door signed Matthew & Thomas Dutton London above a circular glazed aperture to the rectangular brass dial plate with silvered Roman chapter ring, and delicately pierced blued steel hand, the matted centre with large diameter silvered arm setting disc.

The movement with four baluster pillars, going train with original verge escapement and short bob pendulum, the alarm with vertical crown wheel striking on a bell above the plates enclosed within shutters, brass suspension loop to the top and wall spurs below.

Height 7 1/2 inches (19cm)

Matthew Dutton was apprenticed to Thomas Mudge from 1771 to 1779 and became Master of the Clockmakers Company in 1800 while his brother Thomas was apprenticed to their father, William Dutton, in 1776.

Literature. Tobias Birch. Thomas Mudge & William Dutton A Perfect partnership, 2019. Garnier & Carter. The Golden Age of English Horology, 2015. P. 254-255.

£18,000