Thomas Mudge, London, Movement No. 6337, 49 mm, 133 g, circa 1787
An important gold enamel pair-cased half quarter repeating pocket watch Case: outer case - 18k gold, lavishly engraved, a polychrome enamelled gallant scene on the back side, à goutte, large outer hinge, slide for silence at "6". Inner case - 18k gold, open-worked and lavishly engraved edges decorated with a landscape and a grotesque face, the centre of the back side with a flower and a bird on a polished ground, pusher for repetition via pendant, slide for silence at "6", signed and numbered movement protection cap. Dial: enamel, radial Arabic numerals, blued "Poker & Beetle" hands. Movm.: full plate movement, keywind, firegilt, applied florally engraved and pierced ornaments, signed, chain/fusee, 2 hammers, 2 bells, conical movement pillars, cylinder escapament, three-arm steel balance, engraved pierced balance cock with grotesque face, chatoned diamond endstone on balance.
Thomas Mudge (1715-1794) Thomas Mudge appreticed with George Graham in London and was admitted to the Freedom of the Clockmakers Company in 1738. After Grahams death in 1751 he took over Grahams business in Fleet Street. From 1755 to 1790 Mudge was in partnership with William Dutton, another of Grahams apprentices. After 1771 Mudge almost exclusively concerned himself with the design of marine chronometers; he built a watch for the King of Spain which had hour and minute repetition and displayed the equation of time. Mudge was the first to use an intermediate pinion in pocket watches and developed the detached lever escapement in 1760. The Queen Charlotte watch commissioned by King George III was the first pocket watch with this kind of escapement; it remains part of the Royal Collection to this very day.
Estimate 10,000 - 20,000 €
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