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Thirty-Day Japanned Longcase Clock by John Ellicott

Auction:
2502
Lot:
534
Sold for:
$10,073$8,500

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Auction:
Clocks, Watches & Scientific Instruments - 2502
Location:
Marlborough
Date / Time :
May 01, 2010 10:00AM

Description:

Thirty-Day Japanned Longcase Clock by John Ellicott, London, circa 1770, the oak and pine case with pagoda top, engaged columns flanking the glazed door, tombstone-shaped waist door and two stage base on pad feet, 13-in. brass dial, applied silvered chapter ring with Roman numerals, name boss signed Jn. Ellicott, London, seconds dial in the arch, thirty-day brass time and strike movement with dead-beat escapement and contrate wheel transfer of power to the arch for second's, rack and snail strike, two lead weights, flat brass pendulum rod and brass faced bob, ht. 92 in.

Note: Harvard University ordered a precision regulator from Ellicott in 1765 and used it for an eclipse expedition to Islesboro, Maine in 1780. That clock remains in the collections of Historical and Scientific Instruments at Harvard.
Estimate $12,000-18,000

Age consistent wear, losses and in-paint on original japanned surface, lacking proper finials and plinths, one lead weight is a replacement, pendulum, dial and components and hands are the original.

Keywords

John Ellicott, London, Harvard University, Islesboro, Maine, in-paint, Bob, Clocks, Horology, Longcase clock, Measurement, Pendulum, Time