Thomas Mudge, William Dutton, London.
A Fine George III mahogany drop dial wall timepiece. The 13 1/2 inch silvered dial signed Thomas Mudge, William Dutton, London. Blued steel heart shaped hands. The substantial movement has a half deadbeat escapement and heavy pendulum.
Date circa 1775
Height 26 ins (66cm)
Thomas Mudge and William Dutton both served their apprenticeships under the famous George Graham, partner to Thomas Tompion. In circa 1750 Mudge and Dutton became partners at 148 Fleet Street, London. Thomas Mudge developed the Lever Escapement for use in watches and is regarded as one of the greatest and most influential watch and clock makers of the period. In 1771, William Dutton took over Thomas Mudge's company when Thomas Mudge moved to Plymouth due to poor health. The partnership with Thomas Mudge was not dissolved until 1790. William Dutton and Thomas Mudge both died in 1794.