A wonderful quality mid 18th century English cylinder, by this fine London maker, in a later purpose made solid gold case. Highly ornate and unusual pillars.
MOVEMENT : Beautiful quality, cylinder movement, signed (Ellicott, London) and numbered (5139). Finely engraved and pierced balance cock, protected by a removable gilt dustcap. Large diamond endstone and 4 very ornate pillars featuring the heads of birds. All in excellent condition and running well.
DIAL : White enamel dial, in very good condition with just a few scratches around the winding aperture. Beautiful matching gold hands. This dial (and hands) are later than the movement and were probably added when the movement was recased around 1810.
CASE : 18ct gold hallmarks for London, 1810. In very fine condition throughout. The high dome crystal has one very small chip on the bezel at 11. The hinges and catches are fine and the bezel snaps shut nicely.
The movement fits the case perfectly and has been made specially for this fine movement.
This is a heavy case, weighing 50.7 gms. excluding the crystal.
Edward Ellicott was partner with his father John from 1760, and their watches were signed Ellicott after about 1758. The serial number of this movement (5139) dates it to about 1761.