Very rare Gilt 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 to around 1760 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 and the dust cap are numbered 4744, and signed Ellicott London and is in working order. Having superb fancy pillars and very high quality cock with diamond endstone. The case is in good condition for its age, some of the gilt is worn and the button shows some wear, but overall is in good condition, the outer case closes well, but the glass bezel seems to be slightly distorted and won,t shut tightly, but this does not really matter as the outer case closes really well. The dial is in perfect condition, roman figures with arabic outside minute numbers and with fine steel beetle and poker hands.