Time to help if you can
A clock repairer and watchmaker from Yorkshire is hoping Stirling Observer readers in Kippen can help him solve a mystery.
Whitby man John Walker contacted the paper to tell us of a grandfather clock he has in his possession.
“The eight-day striking clock was made by Jos. Martin of Kippen circa 1790,”said John,“and according to Britten’s Catalogue of Clockmakers, it refers to a mahogany clock signed by him. Could this be the same clock?”
John said he was curious to know if there were any Kippen descendants of the clockmaker still around.
He added:“There is a previous clock repairer’s sticker inside the door with the name‘H.L. Caris at 6 Hencotes, Heham 1958’.
“The case is in superb condition; mahogany with sheraton inlay and the patina is also excellent. I have fully restored the movement and it is now in perfect working order.
“The dial has at some time been restored – again in nice condition except the painter has, for some reason, signed it ‘J. Marteen Keppon’which is obviously a mistake.
“This is why I’m appealing for anyone who could shed any light on this.”
Anyone who can help can contact John through his son-in-law at roger. robson@forensic-access. co.uk.
Mystery Antique grandfather clock made by Jos. Martin, Kippen, around 1790