Very rare Gilt Tortishell paircase verge watch by the Great John Ellicott Junior of London Very rare chance to own a watch by one of the worlds greatest watchmakers. The watch is an early one of his and dates back to around 1740 when John Ellicott was at his height of fame.
He worked in London at (Swithin's Alley, Royal Exchange). Born 1706, died 1772. He was a Fellow and on the Council of the Royal Society. He is regarded as one of the most eminent English makers; he invented a compensation pendulum; and developed the use of the cylinder escapement in watches. He was also Clockmaker to the King.
The watch movement is numbered 1888, and is in excellent working order, and unusual for verge keeps very good time, within a minute or two a day. The case is in good condition for its age, some cracking of the tortishell but no missing pieces, some of the gilt is worn and the button shows some wear, but overall is in good condition, both cases close well . The restored signed dial is in perfect condition.