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Ebonised, inverted bell-top bracket clock by eminent maker John Ellicott, London. Circa 1770.

A good example of a table clock by one of England's most eminent clockmakers.

Stock No:   14356

The eight day duration, five pillar movement now with Anchor Recoil escapement and rack striking the hours on a top-mounted bell. The substantial back-plate is nicely engraved with a Rococo shell pattern and a decorative inner border which is repeated on the fixing brackets and lifting piece return spring for the strike/silent feature. The centre portion is flamboyantly signed with the maker's signature in his typical and unmistakable form.

Having a 6 3/4" wide, brass break-arch dial that has six matching cast Rococo style corner spandrels. The arch has a silvered subsidiary "Strike/Silent" chapter ring with a matted centre. The main silvered chapter ring has outer Arabic 5's, minute track and inner Roman hour numerals and the maker's name "Ellicott (of) London" flanking the "30". The finely matted dial centre has a lower, chamfered square calendar date aperture. The pierced blued steel hands are original and well-executed.

Contained in an ebonised fruitwood case. The inverted bell top has a brass swinging carrying handle and a separating brass moulding to the two sections. The returned top moulding is cleanly made as is the lower moulding. Both opening and locking doors have wooden quadrant frets that are red silk backed. The front door has good quality brass beading around the glass and the quadrants which is repeated around the side circle-over rectangle wooden frets that are well pierced and also silk backed. The case stands upon four brass, shaped block feet.

These repeating clocks with a strike/silent feature were usually taken to the bedchamber at night and placed in silent mode using the selector hand in the arch. The clock would not then strike the hours and
awaken the owner but he could simply pull the repeat cord in the darkness and the clock would strike the last hour. It is for this reason that they were originally fitted with the more robust 'Verge' escapement and even though there is a sprung 'holdfast' in which to place the pendulum during transit, it was rarely used as time would be lost so, the clock was grabbed by the handle and carried up to bed - still ticking! Once seen, these clocks really fire the imagination as to their history and usage, they were extremely expensive when made and could only be afforded by the wealthy. This is well-priced for a good example of an original clock that is becoming ever rarer.

* This clock is extremely original, the case and dial have been meticulously and carefully restored by us to greatly enhance the appearance of a good clock by such an eminent maker. The original Verge escapement was changed to improve the accuracy of the timekeeping and no attempt to deceive was made to the point where the original holes were left and not filled. The 'look' of this table clock is stunning and I can't fault it. It is aesthetically superb and is working very well. The clock was obtained along with a page from a private house sale dated 30th September 1959. A picture of the clock is stapled to it and the purchase price is marked at £38.00.

**John Ellicott was born in 1706 and died in 1772. He worked from Swithin's Alley in Royal Exchange, London. He was a Fellow of the Royal Society and is regarded as one of the most eminent clockmakers ever.

Dimensions:            20 1/2" high including handle x 11" wide x 7" deep.

Circa:                       1770.

Condition:                Excellent and original with escapement replaced. Working well.

Price:                        £6,250* (see below).

                                 *Please note, I have not had the time to overhaul the movement of this clock and
                                  if this is, or a re-conversion of the escapement to Verge is required then it will be
                                  subject to a further charge that can be advised upon application.

Ebonised, inverted bell-top bracket clock by eminent maker John Ellicott, London. Circa 1770.
  • Ebonised, inverted bell-top bracket clock by eminent maker John Ellicott, London. Circa 1770.
  • Ebonised, inverted bell-top bracket clock by eminent maker John Ellicott, London. Circa 1770.
  • Ebonised, inverted bell-top bracket clock by eminent maker John Ellicott, London. Circa 1770.
  • Ebonised, inverted bell-top bracket clock by eminent maker John Ellicott, London. Circa 1770.
  • Ebonised, inverted bell-top bracket clock by eminent maker John Ellicott, London. Circa 1770.
  • Ebonised, inverted bell-top bracket clock by eminent maker John Ellicott, London. Circa 1770.
  • Ebonised, inverted bell-top bracket clock by eminent maker John Ellicott, London. Circa 1770.
  • Ebonised, inverted bell-top bracket clock by eminent maker John Ellicott, London. Circa 1770.
  • Ebonised, inverted bell-top bracket clock by eminent maker John Ellicott, London. Circa 1770.
  • Ebonised, inverted bell-top bracket clock by eminent maker John Ellicott, London. Circa 1770.
  • Ebonised, inverted bell-top bracket clock by eminent maker John Ellicott, London. Circa 1770.
  • Ebonised, inverted bell-top bracket clock by eminent maker John Ellicott, London. Circa 1770.
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