MUDGE & DUTTON, London. No 1334


£ 425.00

Top quality and unusual movement by this most famous partnership, circa 1785.

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Large fullplate fusee movement of typical Mudge/late Graham caliper, with beautifully engraved cock and slide plate, but with unusual baluster pillars. Cylinder escapement with 16 tooth steel escape, the steel cylinder retaining its original Graham-type banking. 40 mm diameter, 14 mm deep, not including centre arbor, brass-edge, dial or cap.

Thomas Mudge & William Dutton, Fleet St, London, the foremost watchmaking partnership in the second half of the 18th century, both having been apprenticed to George Graham. NB: By 1770 Mudge had retired due to poor health and his watchmaking duties for the firm (he remained a partner) were taken over, in the most part, by top London finishers such as Larcum Kendall. This movement is too late to be his work but the distinctive pillars are a sign of another top watchmaker of the period who has yet to be identified.

Once in the David S Torrens collection, as sold by Charles Allix (trading as Malcolm Gardner) in the early 1960's. Lacking cap, dial, brass-edge, motion work and hands. Otherwise a rare chance to own an example of a most interesting and well finished cylinder movement retailed by this most important partnership with the escapement in lovely original condition. Not cleaned by me but but tries to tick if wound.