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  Reader's letter | August 2008 | Clocks Magazine

Walker longcase

A very good mahogany-cased twin fusee drop dial clock has recently come into my possession, c1790-1810. Unfortunately there are no makers’ marks on the movement or dial. The first 50 or 60 years of its life provides some history on the people who serviced the movement, which must have basically consisted of oiling and cleaning as it has never been bushed. The first person to work on it was an ‘L Wright’ in 1818, the second person was ‘J Walker , Birken.Sept 1850’ and the third person is initialled which I cannot decipher in 1857. No other marks have appeared on the clock till 1970 when a person in Ireland serviced the movement.
The person I would like to get information on is J Walker. In looking up Watchmakers and Clockmakers of the World by Brian Loomes, a John Walker is listed working at William St, Birkenhead (Cheshire), c1846-55. He is also listed as having worked in Ireland c1839-46. I believe that this is a good chance that this is the same J Walker that scratched his name underneath the hour wheel bridge. I would appreciate any additional information that could be given on J Walker. If there were any letters or written material pertaining to him, it would interesting in matching the handwriting.

Sean McEvoy, Ireland

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