Breakarch, triple-pad, mahogany veneered case on oak surmounted by curved base handle, arched glazed side panels within moulded frames. The breakarch door with moulded frame dial aperture, the base on mahogany moulded block feet.
The 6½ inch breakarch dial with rococo spandrels, subsidiary regulation dial calibrated 0-15 to the arch with blued-steel hand and square projection for use with a key. Strike/Not strike lever above XII, one-piece silvered chapter-disc with Roman and Arabic numerals, mock pendulum and calendar aperture above VI. Signed below centre Thos. Mudge Willm. Dutton London. Sculpted blued-steel hands.
The exceptional twin-fusee movement, heavy, 5½ by 7¼ inch plates, five knopped pillars, going train with half deadbeat escapement and spring-suspended steel rod lenticular pendulum, pivoted regulation platform mounted on top of the plates, adjusted through the dial, swivel pendulum lock. Strike train governed by rack-and-snail sounding the hours on a bell. The plain backplate signed Thos. Mudge Willm. Dutton London.
Bonhams, 11 Dec 2007, lot 155.
Garnier & Carter, The Golden Age of English Horology, 2015, p.250-251.
Thos. Mudge & Willm. Dutton, London circa 1770
A fine mahogany triple-pad top striking spring clock
The majority of Mudge & Dutton table clock cases were ebonised, whereas mahogany was reserved for more expensive models.