John Eliott

This is an example of a nicely finished movement made when watches were just beginning to become affordable to the growing middle class in England. It was part of Doug Cowan’s renowned collection (Mr. Cowan is a past Chairman of the NAWCC and National Watch & Clock Museum).

Gilt-brass verge and fusee movement signed Jn Eliott 1060 with inward facing script. Pierced and engraved foliate balance table with lace-edged (filigree) border and solid foot. Square baluster pillars and decorative fusee stop-work foot.

John Eliott

Original enamel dial with Roman hours and Arabic 5-minute index, with aperture at the bottom for the case latch. Beetle and poker hands. Plain silver pair case both with London assay and date mark for 1771 and case makers’ initials “RP” with a pellet between (Richard Palmer).

John Elliot Pocket Watch
John Eliott Watch
Richard Palmer Case Maker

Additional References and recommended reading:

  • Brian Loomes, Watchmakers and Clockmakers of the World, N.A.G. Press, 2006

  • Philip Priestley, British Watchcase Gold & Silver Marks 1670 to 1970, National Association of Watch & Clock Collectors, 2018