Richard Baker was originally apprenticed to John Chatfield through the Blacksmiths’ Company before transferring, in June 1683, to the clockmaker Richard Browne. By redemption, Baker was made a Freeman of the Clockmakers’ in June 1685, on the order of the Lord Mayor. Richard Baker died in c. 1700, but his business was carried on by his widow until at least 1710 (see Brian Loomes, The Early Clockmakers of Great Britain, p. 66). For another watch by Richard Baker, see Sotheby’s London, 16th June 1975, lot 289.
Howard Marryat (1871-1944), a Liveryman of The Worshipful Company of Clockmakers, developed an extensive watch collection throughout his lifetime. He worked as an electrical engineer, and eventually became a prominent figure in the electrical and manufacturing industries. He partially owned a company called Marryat and Scott that produced lifts and other electrical equipment, and headed the company for a little over 50 years. Marryat also wrote several books, most notably, Watches, From Henlein to Tompion, published in 1938. He developed a great interest in historic watches and the craftsmanship of their movements. His collection included pieces from John Arnold, Robert Pennington, and Jeremy East, along with many others. He completed the revision of the catalogue of watches in the Guildhall Museum, after which he became a Freeman of the City of London. His son Robert
(1910-1996) inherited his collection, and eventually became acquainted with the famed watchmaker, George Daniels. Daniels later married Robert’s daughter, Juliet in 1964.
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