An excellent drop dial wall clock by this famous Clockmaking family
The high quality 8 day duration single fusee chain driven movement with anchor escapement, rectangular plates and a long pendulum with steel rod. The 12" diameter silvered brass dial with Roman chapters and blued steel hands. The dial signed Dutton & Co, London and with Queen Victoria’s Royal Cypher consisting of a crown and the initials VR, standing for Victoria Regina. Also with the date of manufacture, 1871.
The mahogany case with a glazed convex cast brass bezel with silvered brass sight ring and mahogany surround. The drop dial case with figured mahogany veneer to the front elevation and further well figured mahogany veneer to the underside with a lockable access door. Also with two access doors to the side to allow for pendulum hanging and adjustments.
Note: Robert William Dutton was the Great Grandson of William Dutton who served his apprenticeship under the great George Graham in 1738. In C.1750 William Dutton entered into a partnership with Thomas Mudge, yet another apprentice of George Graham. Mudge & Dutton made many fine clocks and were two of the developers of the lever escapement for watches.
So with this line of exceptional Clockmaking history in the family there is no surprise in the quality of this particular clock. Throughout the 19th century it appears that the Dutton family had some form of contract supplying wall and mantel clocks to the Government offices & Courts of London.