Very rare superb under painted horn silver paircase, cylinder 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 to1757 (London hallmark on the inner case) 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 4581, and signed Ellicott London and is in working order. The dust cover is also signed and numbered. Having superb fancy pillars and very high quality cock with diamond endstone. The case is in very good condition for its age, the underpainted horn silver outer is in very good condition, the button shows some wear, but overall is in good condition. The inner silver case has London hallmark for 1757 and is also numbered 4581. Both cases closes well. The dial is in perfect condition, roman figures and with very fine original steel beetle and poker hands.
This watch is in exceptional original condition, a rare find.