A collection of 6 antique pocket watches - John Ellicot, London, Movement No. 3652, Case No. 2973, 42 mm, 79 g, circa 1770
A gentleman's English pocket watch with early cylinder escapement with leather-covered silver transport case Case: gilt, polished, signed and numbered movement protection cap. Dial: enamel, radial Roman hours, "Poker & Beetle" hands. Movm.: full plate movement, applied florally engraved decorations, firegilt, signed, chain/fusee, pierced flower pillars, three-arm polished steel balance, fine florally engraved, pierced balance cock, chatoned diamond endstone on balance.
John Ellicott (1706-1772) One of the most eminent English watch- and clock-makers, established himself in business about 1728 and became a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1738. Ellicot was the inventor of a compensation pendulum and paid great attention to the use of the cylinder escapement only a few years after its improvement by Graham. In some of his later pieces the cylinders were made of ruby. Source: "Watchmakers and Clockmakers of the World", by G.H. Baillie vol. I, Edinburgh/London, 1947, p. 99.
Estimate 3,500 - 4,500 €
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