The archetypal Fleet Street regulator case with a flat topped hood with moulded cornice over canted reeded angles, the hood door with fine and typical bolection mouldings. The concave throat molding above the long rectangular trunk door of excellent figure and colour and a fine molded edge, the base applied with a matching panel to a skirted plinth, standing on solid mahogany block feet.
The 10 inch square silvered dial with outer minute track enclosing the large subsidiary seconds dial and wide Arabic hour aperture, the signature Thos. Mudge & Willm. Dutton London flanking the chamfered date aperture and secured to the weight driven movement by four screwed heavy turned dial feet.
The movement with heavy shouldered plates united by five large knopped pillars, latched to the frontplate, and stamped 58 to the under edge of the backplate. The five-wheel going train with Harrison’s maintaining power and high count pinions terminating in a deadbeat six-spoke ‘scape wheel with steel pallets, all with double-screwed endstops to the backplate, the massive original grid-iron pendulum suspended from a substantial brass A-frame, the columns screwed to both the backplate and solid mahogany seatboard, the pendulum reading against a silvered beat scale secured to the solid mahogany backboard of the case.
The Inches family (of Hamilton & Inches jewellers, Edinburgh), possibly acquired direct from Mudge & Dutton, by descent to Deidre Inches Carr.
Private collection U.K.
Thomas Mudge & William Dutton No.58 circa 1785
A very fine and important, rare and small, month-going 18th century mahogany regulator.
The pattern of movement layout indicates that this regulator most probably emanated from the primary precision clockmaker of the day, John Shelton.
This is one of only four recorded complete examples signed and made by Mudge & Dutton, while still in partnership.
In the following years, the Dutton family continued to make similar high quality regulators, however there are only eight further examples recorded by them and these are variously signed William Dutton, William Dutton & Sons, Matthew & Thomas Dutton and Matthew Dutton.