John Ellicott, London. A Month Duration Standing Regulator. BBB10

This is a popular case form for this distinguished clockmaker dating about 1760. This formal case is constructed in walnut and retains an older finish. The case stands on an applied double stepped bracket base that rests flat on the floor. The base is fitted with an applied panel of nicely figured walnut. This is trimmed along its perimeter with and applied molding. The corners of the design have been cutaway or relieved. The waist is long and narrow. The canted waist corners are carved with a fluted design that terminate in a lamb’s tongue molding. The waist door features a complex top. This door is also trimmed with an applied molding. The waist door opens to access the interior of the case. Ere, one has access to the brass covered drive weight and the pendulum. The hood is nicely formed. It is reminiscent of a bracket clock case from the same period. The canted corners are fluted. The glass that is fitted into the dial door conforms to the unusual shape of the dial. A carved moldings also follow this design. The hood is boxed at the top and this supports a caddy shaped pediment. The shape of this reminiscent of the basket tops on incorporated in the design of bracket clocks of the period. Three wooden finial plinths support turned wooden ball finials.

Ellicott along with a few other London Clockmakers including Delander and Mudge favored this dial form. The unusually shaped arched dial is brass and the information it displays, time and Maker’s name, working location has been engraved into the front surface. The engravings are filled with a black paraffin and the surface of the dial is finished in a silver wash. This creates a strong contrast. The external adjustment for the rating of the pendulum , rise and fall adjustment is located in the arch. This is operated by turning the single pointed steel hand in the direction desired. The Clockmaker’s name and working location are engraved on either side of this just above the large minute ring. Te minute ring is divided into blocks. Each five minute increment is labeled with a large Arabic numeral. The seconds display is located below 12 o’clock and shares the same formatting presented on the minute ring. The hours are displayed in a curved aperture located below the minute arbor. This hour display is in a Roman numeral style format. The toothed disk engages directly with the cannon pinion. The clock winds at the eight o’clock position. The hole is covered from the back with a shutter. This is opened by pulling on a light string inside the case. The shutter raises up out of the way and provides power to the time train as is closes.

This finely finished movement is typically of Ellicott’s work. It is designed as a timepiece, single train and runs 30-days on a wind. The plates are substantial and shaped at the top. Six latched pillars support the plates. These are decoratively turned.
The four decoratively turned dial feet are also secured with latches on the inside of the front plate. The wheel work features six crossings throughout. The hardened shafts support the wheels and the 12 leaved pinions. The great wheel pinion has twenty leaves. The escape wheel is very delicate and is cut as a deadbeat. The pallets span approximately 11 teeth. The maintaining power is activated by a bolt and shutter system. The rate adjustment is access at the top of the dial. Rotating this hand turns a shaft that connects to an endless screw and worm gear at the top of the clock works. This in turn will raise and or lower the pendulum in the post. The pendulum hangs from a substantial bridge that is mounted to the back of the works. The pendulum is unusual. The wide rod is composed of two separate metals that are pinned or riveted together in about 2.5 inch increments. The two metals appear to be brass and steel. This rod supports a large brass bob that measures approximately 9 inches in diameter. A graduated rating nut is located below the bob.

This fine clock case stands approximately 93 inches (7 feet 9 inches) tall to the top of the center finial. At the base, the case is 18.75 inches wide and 10 inches deep. It was made circa 1760.


About John Ellicott II A London Clockmaker, Watchmaker, Scientist and Engineer.

John Ellicott II was born into a clockmaking family and became one of the most eminent of English makers. His father John was also a clockmaker and a member of the Company of Clockmakers in London. He was made free in 1696. His son, John II was born about 1706. He carried on his father’s business after he past away in June of 1733. The shop was then located at 17 Sweeting’s Alley Royal Exchange and had been there since about 1728. John II earned a reputation through the excellence of his workmanship, the beauty of his products and the science he brought to horology. So much so that he was appointed clockmaker to King George III. In 1738, John II became one of the exculsive few clockmakersto be elected to the most august scientific body, The Royal Society. His was on the concil of this organization. His term lasted three years. John II died in 1772 after from falling from his chair,. His eldest son Edward continued the business.

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