Distinctive drop dial case in mahogany on oak with convex mahogany moulding framing the dial with a lockable, hinged mahogany concave bezel above shaped ears flanking the central trunk with raised panel mouldings. Solid mahogany moulded drop door to the base and further access doors to each side.
14½ inch silvered brass one-piece dial signed Thos. Mudge Willm. Dutton London within a Roman and Arabic chapter-ring, finely pierced and shaped blued-steel heart-shaped hour and minute hands.
Substantial timepiece movement with rectangular brass plates and five baluster pillars. The four wheel going train with anchor escapement. Typical heavy double backcock suspending the original steel-rod pendulum with large brass-faced bob and engraved brass rating nut calibrated 1-4. Punch-numbered 87 on the bottom edge of the backplate.
Bonhams, 15 December 2004, lot 163 (£12,291).
Garnier & Carter, The Golden Age of English Horology, 2015, p.252-253.
Thos. Mudge & Willm. Dutton, London, No. 87 circa 1775
A very fine early mahogany drop dial wall timepiece
This scarce series of wall clocks by Mudge & Dutton represents some of the earliest, perhaps even the first, conventional style of English dial clock.