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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

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