Large 22ct gold consular (three piece on a single joint) case hallmarked London 1788, casemaker TH (probably Thomas Hill). Capped and jewelled fullplate fusee movement with plain pillars and typically finely pierced and engraved cock and slide plate, with a balance-brake operated by lever in the band of the case at 5, the centre-seconds motion wheel jewelled, something I have not seen before. Cylinder escapement with Graham-type banking on the cylinder (most unusual for the Ellicott) firm, with 16-tooth brass escape. Beautiful convex dial enamelled on gold and in perfect condition, with original gold spade hands. 54 mm diameter.
Edward Ellicott, successor to John Ellicott, FRS, one of the premier London watch and clock making firms throughout the 18th century, with examples in all the world’s major horological museums – see the article on the Ellicotts by David Thompson published in Antiquarian Horology Summer and Autumn issues, 1997.
Once in the collections of the Hurt family, Casterne Hall, Ilam, Derbyshire, a classic small, three story Georgian country house built around 1735 and only recently changing hands, although it may still be on the market.
NB: Centre-seconds watches of this period by the best London firms are amongst the finest English 18th century watches ever made, this example being one of the best I have handled. It’s banking is of the type one associates with the Graham/Mudge workshop, although its engraving is purely Ellicott in style. The design of the watch is also at the leading edge of the latest fashion of the period, with its tall pendant and ‘D’ shaped bow, as well as having a stylishly plain dial having no 5-minute numerals, as was to become the norm.
A beautifully finished and unusual example of the period as well as being in lovely original condition, just the high-dome glass with some scratches which I have left in place as it may well be original. Serviced and guaranteed.