An outstanding GIII triple fusee arch brass dial quarter striking bracket clock with calendar and strike/silent feature and original verge escapement.This clock is without doubt one of the finest quality mahogany bracket clocks we have ever owned.It was probably made for a Member of The Royal Family or for a very important person.The quality is just exceptional.
John Ellicott was born in 1706 and in 1728 is recorded as working with his father in St.Swithins(Sweetings Alley)where he gained a great reputation for the beauty and excellence of his workmanship,and was appointed clockmaker to George III.Specimens of his art are much prized.He was also a mathematician of considerable ability.
John Ellicott is listed in the reference books as an eminent maker of clocks and he worked out of Sweeting's Alley close to the Royal Exchange.He took over the business from his father of the same name,who was also a top class maker.In 1738 was elected Fellow of the Royal Society, and was later to sit on the Council.This was an amazing honour at the time and even today. His sponsors were Sir Hans Sloane, president of the society and Royal Physician, Martin Ffolkes, John Senex the eminent globemaker, and John Hadley, astronomer.He showed a keen interest in scientific matters and maintained an observatory at his home in Hackney. While he was on the Royal Society he delivered several important papers on horology.He was best known for his work on temperature compensated pendulums and his use of the cylinder escapement.He developed a famous compensated pendulum called the 'Ellicott pendulum'.He tried to eliminate the disadvantages of the Gridiron pendulum that was developed by Harrison. You will some some of Ellicott famous pendulums on clocks in the Royal Household.
The movement striking the hours on a single bell and the quarters on 8 bells. Outstanding engraving to backplate where makers name is signed, verge crown-wheel escapement.
One of the finest mahogany bracket clocks we have had the pleasure of owning by one of the most eminent clockmakers to have ever existed. Clockmaker to the King.The stunning veneers on this clock are surmounted by rococo gilt brass mounts, these may be by the skilled George Michael Moser. The spandrels and chapter ring and matting are also of the finest quality.Subsidiary dials for the calendar to the dial centre and strike/silent feature to the arch are also shown. A fantastic quality clock,'8-day' duration.On his death in 1772 he was succeeded by his son, Edward.Edward was in 1760 taken into partnership with John.You will find some of John Ellicott's clocks in various museum's around the world like the V and A Museum.This exceptional clock is as good as any bracket clock I have seen made by him.