John Ellicot, London, Movement No. 5009, Case No. 6041, 50 mm, 130 g, circa 1768
A gentleman's half quarter repeating pocket watch Case: silver, gilt, pierced, engraved volutes and scrollwork, two cartouches with engraved mascaron and a landscape, case maker's punch mark "TL" with star above (possibly Thomas Layton of London), rear bell, signed and numbered movement protection cap, pusher for repetition via pendant, large lateral hinge. Dial: enamel, radial Roman hours, gold arrow shaped hands. Movm.: full plate movement, applied engraved and florally pierced decorations, firegilt, signed, chain/fusee, 2 hammers, solid circular movement pillars, steel cylinder wheel, three-arm polished steel balance, fine florally engraved, pierced balance cock, chatoned diamond endstone on balance.
John Ellicott (1706-1772) Beside Graham, Harrison, Tompion, Mudge, Arnold und Earnshaw, John Ellicott was one of the most eminent English watch- and clockmakers, 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 2,200 - 3,000 €
Price Realised 3,100 €
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