A month going small oak longcase clock, Fromanteel, Amsterdam, circa 1695
The Fromanteel family was one of the most prominent in the field of horology during the 17th century. Although of Dutch stock Ahasuerus Fromanteel, the first clockmaker in the family, was born at Norwich in 1607 and apprenticed to a clockmaker. In 1631 he moved to London and was admitted to the Blacksmiths’ Company becoming known as a maker of great (i.e.large) clocks. In 1632, only a year after its foundation, he joined the Clockmakers’ Company as a Free Brother. Ahasuerus Fromanteel died in 1693 having established a dynasty of clockmakers working both in London and Amsterdam. It is likely that all the Fromanteels worked for the Family firm and that is why many of the clocks made after the death of Ahasuerus were signed just Fromanteel.