Thomas Mudge, London
A fine George III mahogany longcase clock with 12 inch break arch gilt brass dial, strike silent dial to the arch flanked by double screwed pierced foliate spandrels, silvered chapter ring and finely matted centre with large seconds dial and oval plaque signed Thomas Mudge London. The substantial eight day movement with thick plates, five knopped pillars, anchor escapement and rack strike on a bell. The iron-rod pendulum with T bar suspension and heavy brass faced bob.
Date c 1770
Height 7ft 4 ins (225 cm)
Thomas Mudge (1715-1794) was born in Exeter in 1715 and was apprenticed to the celebrated clock and watch maker George Graham. In 1738, Thomas Mudge became a Freeman Clockmakers' Company. In 1750, just before his former master's death, Mudge opened his business at the 'Dial and One Crown' in Fleet Street. Matthew Dutton joined him four years later, another of Graham's apprentices, into partnership.
In the eighteenth-century Thomas Mudge ranks highly as one of the most accomplished clock and watch makers. The firm of Mudge and Dutton made clocks and watches of high quality, undoubtedly it is Mudge's individual pieces which have placed him in horological history. Of particular note are his perpetual calendar watch and the equation watches made for John Ellicott to sell to the Spanish Royal court. Probably his most celebrated is the marine timekeeper of 1754 with the first detached lever escapement.