JOHN BEECKMAN in ye Pall Mall c1695.

  JOHN BEECKMAN in ye Pall Mall c1695.

A fine William and Mary spring table clock with count wheel strike mechanism.  The ebony veneered case is mounted with gilt brass bun feet, escutcheons on either side of the door, a repouseé basket top supporting the carrying handle and four corner finials.

The six inch square brass dial is mounted with winged cherub spandrels with foliate engraving between a silvered chapter ring and finely pierced and faceted steel hands.  The centre is finely matted with ringed winding holes and an aperture beneath twelve o’clock to view the day of the month.  The dial plate is signed by the maker beneath six o’clock.

The two train fusée movement has a verge escapement and hour strike sounded on a bell via a fretted out count wheel.  The back-plate is elaborately engraved with tulips and foliage around the maker’s signature.

John Beeckman is recorded as having been apprentice to Samuel Lowndes and be Free of the Clockmakers Company in 1695.  It is thought that he may have died at an early age as there is no record of him, after 1697.  This would account for why there are so few clocks by him, known to exist.   It is also interesting to note that his address was very similar to that of Jonathan and Isaac Lowndes who were closely associated with Joseph Knibb.

Clockmaker: JOHN BEECKMAN in ye Pall Mall
Circa: 1695
Stock Number: 3831
Height: 12.5 inches (32 cm.)