This is a very rare cylinder escapement pocket watch by Thomas Mudge, one of the greatest English watchmakers and inventor of the lever movement. It is presented in modern solid gold pair cases, I’m sure made specially for this movement, and a later cream enamel dial (19th century). The movement number (620) dates it to around 1765 and makes it one of the last movements to be signed only by Thomas Mudge (rather that with his partner William Dutton).
MOVEMENT : Signed and numbered (620), the gilded cylinder movement is in fine condition and is running well. Beautifully engraved and pierced balance cock with blued steel centre. The screwed are also blued and look original with no damage. Just a few scratches on the plate at the pillars.
DIAL : The large cream enamel dial is about 41.4mm in diameter. It is in perfect condition except for one light hairline running through the centre from 1 to 8 o’clock.
INNER CASE : Full hallmarks for 18 carat gold, London 1987, maker AGP. Some very light scratches on the back, otherwise perfect.
OUTER CASE : Matching marks to the inner, but 9 carat gold. Perfect condition.