Thomas Mudge was one of the greatest watchmakers of all time. If you are not familiar with him it’s likely due to the rarity of his pocket watches, which were made in the 18th century. This London fusee watch was made in 1771, prior to the founding of America. This watch is 246 years old, and still running! The 18K Gold pair case is hallmarked with a crowned lion, and was professionally tested and confirmed to be 18K Solid Gold – Guaranteed. The outer case diameter is approximately 52.5mm, and the inner case is approximately 46mm. Both cases are heavy and quite thick. The total weight of the entire watch is 149.9 grams. The ornate key, which may be gold, would add 2 grams. The gold cases have multiple dings and scratches, and the bulls eye crystal has lots of scratches. It’s not too difficult to find a new crystal for this watch. Both the cases and crystal are very likely original to the watch. The cases open and close fine, and the heavy hinges are in great condition. The end stone is diamond. The dial is quite nice, and has a few tight hairlines. The hands function, but they have some damage. The watch is running well, and I would recommend having it cleaned / serviced at some point. Below are some technological facts about Thomas Mudge. Around 1755, if not earlier, Mudge invented the detached. Which he first applied to a clock, but which, in watches, can be considered the greatest single improvement ever applied to them. In 1748 Mudge set himself up in business at 151 Fleet Street, and began to advertise for work as soon as his old master, George Graham. Mudge rapidly acquired a reputation as one of Englands outstanding watchmakers, and is now rightly considered one of the. Greatest and most influential watch and clock makers of the period. Around 1755, if not earlier, Mudge invented the detached lever escapement. Which he first applied to a clock, but which, in watches, can be considered the greatest single improvement ever applied to watches. In 1770, Mudge made a lever escapement for Queen Charlotte, which is very close to the age of this watch. You can Google Queen Charlotte Mudge watch. Most all mechanical watches still use the lever escapement, and remains a feature in almost every pocket timekeeper made up to and including the present day. Thomas Mudge also made repeating pocket watches and High grade. In 1776 Mudge was appointed watchmaker to the king of England. Please contact me if you have any questions. See my other watches I have listed. The item “THOMAS MUDGE- ENGLAND’S GREATEST WATCHMAKER -18K PAIR CASE POCKET WATCH 150 g” is in sale since Sunday, November 12, 2017. This item is in the category “Jewelry & Watches\Watches, Parts & Accessories\Pocket Watches\Antique”. The seller is “homeatthecabin” and is located in Canton, North Carolina. This item can be shipped to United States, all countries in Europe, Canada, Japan.
- Country/Region of Manufacture: United Kingdom
- Brand: Mudge & Dutton
- Year of Manufacture: Pre-1800
- Movement: Mechanical (Hand-winding)
- Serial Number: 916
- Pocket Watch Size: 18s
- Closure: pair case