Good quality verge by this famous firm, circa 1790.
Gilt metal paircase, the inner numbered as the movement and the outer with fashionably tall pendant and discreet joint not intended to show in profile. Fullplate fusee movement with cylindrical pillars and typically finely pierced and engraved cock and slide plate. Verge (recoil) escapement, steel balance with original 2 1/2 turn balance-spring. Lovely Roman & Arabic enamel dial, blued-steel beetle & poker hands. 45.5 mm diameter. Together with rare contemporary equation-of-time watchpaper engraved for Gravell & Son who succeeded Eardley Norton.
Edward Ellicott, successor to John Ellicott, FRS, one of the premier London watch and clock making firms throughout the 18th century - see the article on the various Ellicotts by David Thompson, published in Antiquarian Horology, Summer and Autumn issues, 1997. NB: Though uncommon, top London firms still supplied verge watches at this period.
A good Ellicott watch at a price far less than if cased in gold. With some of the expected signs of use and a small repaired edge chip to dial at 60, this watch has survived in good condition and I believe the gilt metal cases, often used when movements were recased, are as originally supplied. Cleaned and guaranteed.
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