Gold pair cased cylinder by John Ellicott

Stock No. 1753

John Ellicott
London, 1770
Gold pair cases, 49 mm
Cylinder escapement


This is a fine 22 carat gold watch, in pair cases, with a fine quality cylinder escapement, by a great London maker.

MOVEMENT : High quality gilded fusee cylinder movement, with engraved and pierced balance cock and plate. Large diamond endstone. Wonderfully ornate pillars.
Signed and numbered (6094). The gilt brass dustcap has matching signature and serial number. All in fine original condition and running well.

DIAL : Original white enamel dial, in good condition. There is some damage on the edge at 6 and 8, but otherwise fine.

Fine 18th century gold beetle and poker hands (probably original). There is an old repair to the top of the hour hand.

INNER CASE : 22 carat gold, hallmarked for London, 1770, maker’s mark TL under a star. Also marked with the same serial number as the movement.

In good condition, though the stem has been reattached and there is a small mark on the bezel at 9 which appears to be a small imperfection in the original gold casting rather than later damage. The high dome bull’s eye crystal is fine.

OUTER CASE : Quite a heavy case, of 22 carat gold, with matching hallmarks to the inner. There is a worn engraving on the back, probably a family crest.

The hinge and catch are fine, and the bezel snaps shut correctly, though the catch button is badly dented.

Excluding both the movement and crystal, the cases weigh 67 gms.

John Ellicott, born in 1706, was partnered with his son, Edward from 1760. He died in 1772. From 1758 all John Ellicott watches were simply signed Ellicott.

The case maker is Thomas Layton who is recorded at Dean Street and Fetter Lane, London.