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John Ellicott


An elegant, distinctive and highly unusual early 18th century Queen Anne table clock by John Ellicott senior.

The ebony veneered and ebonised case is constructed of oak and has an elaborate and finely cast brass basket top with beautiful early carrying handle and original finials. The basket top features a central cartouche of Queen Anne surmounted by a crown and held by two cherubs.

The dial is highly distinctive and unusual featuring an Old Father Time figure supporting the silvered chapter ring. The chapter ring has half hour and quarter hour markers indicative of an early clock. The finely matted centre has a mock bob pendulum aperture and date aperture, both with engraved surrounds. The dial is edged by elaborate wheat ear engraving. Beneath Old Father Time the silvered engraved plaque reads ‘Tempus Rerum Imperator’ meaning the ‘Time, Commander Of All Things’.

The twin fusee movement is notable for it’s beautiful floral engraved backplate with the makers signature ‘John Ellicott London’ in the centre. It has it’s original verge escapement, an elaborate back cock apron and typical knopped and finned pillars. It strikes both the hours and very unusually the half hours on a bell.

This clock given it’s early features was almost certainly made by John Ellicott senior, the father of the eminent clockmaker John Ellicott junior 1706-1772. He was a Cornishman by birth and is listed as being apprenticed to Jonathan Waters in on 5th Sept 1687 and becoming free of the Clockmakers Company on 6th July 1696. He is described as ‘An ingenious watchmaker of great note ‘ ( Baillie’s ).

Height 54cm