A. Gibson III, November 1972 courtesy of Edward LaFond, Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania; Vogel Collection no. 164.
Richard Beck apprenticed with John Selwood, then William Selwood and finally with Thomas Loomis at the Mermaid. He worked alongside fellow clockmakers Simon Dudson, Tobias Davis, Samuel Davis and Edward Norris. Beck was freed from his apprenticeship in May 1653. Apparently Richard Beck was struck down with a severe illness in 1659. On May 31st he was so ill he signed his will, 'being sicke in Bodye' and died on June 4th.
Overall fine, working condition, although it has not been tested for accuracy. Wear and residue to the surface commensurate with age and use. The drive chain has been replaced with a rope. Accompanied by two weights. In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.