William Dutton, London
Fine and unusual George III spring timepiece. Circa 1770
Elegant proportioned mahogany break arch case having three raised pads with concave mouldings to the break arch case with earlier style brass carrying handle, arched side panels within moulded frames. The breakarch door with moulded frame dial aperture, the base on mahogany moulded block feet.
6 1/2 inch break arch brass dial with gilt rococo spandrels, subsidiary regulation dial calibrated 0-60 to the arch and blued steel hand. Strike/silent selector above XII. Silvered chapter with false pendulum aperture signed Wm. Dutton, London above calendar aperture. Roman and Arabic numerals. Lever at IX to open the shuttered winding hole. Original blued steel hands.
The exceptional movement with thick plates and five large baluster pillars. Anchor escapement and a unique state-of-wind feature with a winding shutter that automatically opens when the clocks is ready to be wound. Original pendulum having a heavy brass faced bob is suspended from the pivoted regulation platform mounted on top of the plates. The plain backplate is signed Willm. Dutton London with a hinged pendulum holdfast below.
Height. 15 inches (38 cm)