Height: 12.000 inches
Gift of Gilbert Edgar CBE (1958)
M&ME CAI 2118
Room 38-39: Clocks and Watches
Experimental table clock by Thomas Mudge
London, England, around AD 1754
In the 1750s, Thomas Mudge, the renowned
clock-, watch- and chronometer-maker, began work on a new
Towards the end
of the eighteenth century the renowned astronomer James Ferguson
calculated the theoretical accuracy of the lunar gears and found
Mudge's work to be within 0.2 seconds per lunation (29½
days). A 7½ minute
It is thought that Mudge made this experimental clock with the intention of submitting it to the 'Board of Longitude' for the longitude prize, before deciding that it was not good enough.
In the nineteenth century the clock was owned by the celebrated civil engineer, Isambard Kingdom Brunel (1806-59).