7 foot 4 inches.
Mahogany veneered, Fleet Street case on double footed plinth applied with a raised rectangular panel, arched trunk door beneath the hood with reeded angles flanking the bolection-moulded door, brass fishscale frets to the sides, concave mahogany moulding to the top surmounted by a four-sided concave pedestal and brass ball finial.
The 12 inch breakarch gilt-brass dialplate with four dial feet, rococo spandrels, vitreous enamel subsidiary calendar dial signed Thos. Mudge. Wm. Dutton, London to the arch. Strike/Not Strike lever above XII, enamel chapter-disc with Roman and Arabic numerals, fine sculpted blued-steel hands.
High quality movement, heavy 53⁄8 by 7¼ inch plates, five baluster pillars, going train with anchor escapement with long steel crutch to a heavy pendulum with T-bar suspension, steel rod pendulum with large lenticular brass bob and calibrated rating nut. Strike train governed by rack-and-snail, sounding the hours on a bell.
Sotheby’s, London, 19 Dec 2000, lot 337 (£47,750).
Garnier & Carter, The Golden Age of English Horology, 2015, p.246-247.
Thos. Mudge & Will. Dutton, London circa 1770
A very fine mahogany longcase clock with enamel dials
Mudge & Dutton produced longcase clocks at various price points, of which enamel dials were the most expensive. Fleet Street cases are attributed to the Rich family workshop, who also made cases for Holmes. Mudge & Dutton’s cases differ, the hood door having a fine bolection moulding.