Thomas Mudge, William Dutton, London.
Fine George III mahogany 'Phase 2' drop dial wall timepiece. Circa 1775
Drop dial mahogany case with substantial concave moulded brass hinged bezel, shaped ears to the sides of the central trunk with raised panel mouldings and a solid moulded door to the base.
14 inch silvered one piece dial with Roman and Arabic numerals signed Thomas Mudge, William Dutton, London. Blued steel heart shaped hands.
The substantial timepiece movement has a half deadbeat escapement and heavy pendulum.
Height 26 ins (66cm)
Thomas Mudge and William Dutton both served their apprenticeships under the famous George Graham, partner to Thomas Tompion. In circa 1765 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 1770, William Dutton carried on the business in London when Thomas Mudge moved to Plymouth for health reasons and to concentrate on his chronometer project. William Dutton and Thomas Mudge both died in 1794.