A Fine Mahogany Triple-Pad Top Striking Spring Clock
Case: 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.
Dial: The 6.5 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 calender aperture above VI. Signed below centre Thos. Mudge Willm. Dutton London. Sculpted blued-steel hands.
Duration: 8 days.
Movement: The exceptional twin-fusee movement, heavy, 5.5 by 7 inch plates, five knopped pillars, going train with pivoted verge escapement and spring-suspended steel rod lenticular penduluk, 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.
Escapement: Pivoted verge.
Strike Type: Hour rack striking.
Provenance: Bonhams, 11 December 2007, lot 155.
Comments: The majority of Mudge & Dutton table clock cases were ebonised, whereas mahogany was reserved for more expensive models.