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Pocket Watch - Mudge & Dutton, circa 1770 Object Reg. No: ST 21241

Gents pocket watch, gold pair case, Thomas Mudge & William Dutton, London, no 943, circa 1770. Outer case carries the London hallmark for 1798.

The watch was the property of Derwas Owen Jones, who arrived in the Lightning with his brother Henry (Harry) Jones in 1842. Their father owned the Bank of Shrewsbury. The brothers initially cleared land near Kilmore to breed sheep, then moved to South Australia and established Binnum Station, north of Naracoorte. The 'Binnum Run', lease no.162 of 1851, was held by H.& D.O. Jones. A third brother, Heighway Jones (1817-1876), joined the brothers in 1847 and founded Kybybolite Station. Derwas Owen Jones returned to England subsequently, and lived at Pontesford House, Pontesford, Shropshire.
18 carat gold pair case, the inner one being pierced with a leaf design. Plain gold hands. A repeater mechanism sounds the hours and quarters one to four. Back plate is ornate. White enamel dial has black roman numerals and gold hands.

Key wound spring; cylinder escapement. Fusee and chain; winding dial. Steel balance wheel, ornate brass cock and diamond end jewel.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Miss Laura Cumming, 1939
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 4.8 cm (Diameter)

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Tagged with: gents watches, immigration, key watches, pocket watches, snuff box, horology
Themes this item is part of: Horology Collection, Migration Collection, Science & Measurement Collection
Primary Classification: HOROLOGY
Secondary Classification: Watches
Tertiary Classification: england
Inscriptions: Works cover is marked 'Tho. Mudge, W. Dutton, London'. Dial marked 'Tho. Mudge, W. Dutton, London, 943'. Outer case has hallmark of crowned 18, crowned leopard's head and c [1798].
Maker: Mr Thomas Mudge, London, Middlesex, England, Great Britain, circa 1770

Watch dated by use of Mudge & Dutton watch numbers and dates in Antiquarian Horology, vol.12, 1981, pp.627-634; vol.13, 1981, pp.144-145.
Maker: Mr William Dutton, London, Middlesex, England, Great Britain, circa 1770
Past Owner: Mr Derwas Jones, Victoria, Australia, 1842
References: There is a photograph of Mr Derwas Jonestaken, supposedly c.1900, but probably during the 1860s, in the door of a house that may be in England; he is wearing a chain but the fob attached to the chain is not clear. The photograph is held by the State Library of Victoria (H10700) and a photocopy is in the Supplementary File.
The photograph and others copied in the Supp. file are part of the Cumming Album of views, perhaps taken by Derwas Jones or his family members. There is probably a connection with the donor of the watch.

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