Bracket Clock by John Ellicott – London. C.1760


An outstanding GIII triple fusee brass dial quarter striking bracket clock with calendar and strike/silent feature.

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Featured here an outstanding triple fusee bracket clock. Showing calendar and strike/silent feature. Also with original verge escapement. In addition the arch brass dial with quarter striking mechanism by John Ellicott of London.

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 definitely 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). He gained a great reputation for the beauty and excellence of his workmanship. Also being appointed clock-maker to King George III. Specimens of his art are much prized. He was also a mathematician of considerable ability.

Eminent Maker John Ellicott

John Ellicott is listed in the reference books as an eminent maker of clocks. He worked out of Sweetings Alley close to the Royal Exchange. He took over the business from his father of the same name. Clearly he was also a top class maker. In 1738 was elected Fellow of the Royal Society. Subsequently he was later to sit on the Council.

Royal Society

Clearly this was an amazing honour, at the time and even today. His sponsors included: Sir Hans Sloane, President of the Society and Royal Physician, Martin Folkes, John Senex the eminent globemaker, and John Hadley, astronomer. He showed a keen interest in scientific matters. 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’. Eliminating 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.

Fantastic Movement

The movement also striking the hours on a single bell and the quarters on 8 bells. Together with outstanding engraving to backplate. This is where the makers name is signed. Together with verge crown-wheel escapement. Clearly by one of the most eminent clock-makers to have ever existed.

King’s Clockmaker

Clock-maker 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. Also for the strike/silent feature to the arch. A fantastic quality clock with ‘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. For instance places like the V and A Museum. To sum up this exceptional clock is as good as any bracket clock I have seen made by him.

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