Quality cylinder movement by this famous London firm, circa 1760.
Capped and jewelled fullplate fusee movement with typically engraved and pierced cock and slide-plate, both movement and cap signed and numbered. Cylinder (deadbeat) escapement with Ellicott's banking via a pin in the edge of the balance - this is original. Steel balance. Lovely 'Roman & Arabic' enamel dial, enamelled on gold rather than the usual copper plate. 34.5 mm diameter, 15.5 mm deep, not including centre arbor.
John and Edward Ellicott, then running what was the largest and most successful business in London, selling top quality clocks and watches. See the two-part article on the Ellicott firm by David Thompson in Antiquarian Horology, Summer and Autumn issues 1997. See also Ellicott movements Nos 5917 and 7692 which are available
NB: Dials made using the hardest and most beautiful looking enamel, known as Venetian enamel in the English trade, fired at a temperature too high for the usual copper dial-plate, whereas pure gold could cope. Generally of thinner manufacture than normal dials, and thus far more fragile, most that survive are cracked, as here.
Dial with the usual hair cracks, lacking the balance-spring and minute hand, the beetle hour hand incomplete. Otherwise in good original and complete condition. Not working.
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