Stephen Van Wyck was listed as a silversmith, clock and watchmaker in New York city directories and his recorded working dates are 1796-1825. However, it is apparent that he was working in the trade well prior to 1796, minimally by 1792, based upon surviving watches. Van Wyck's shop was located at 267 Pearl Street, just a few doors from the well known Effingham Embree, and upon Embree's retirement in 1797, he continued business at Embree’s location advertising in the New-York Daily Advertiser (May 26, 1797) “successor to Effingham Embree, No. 275 Pearl Street” (Ganczarczyk, 734-741). Both plain (verge) and horizontal (cylinder) escapement watches signed Stephen Van Wyck are known. Two of his verge watches are displayed below and both are nicely finished pieces.
 
Stephen Van Wyck Watch
 
Stephen Van Wyck Watch
 
Stephen Van Wyck Watch
 
Stephen Van Wyck Watch

Maker:
Number:
City:
Date:
Stephen Van Wyck
104 (left) | 2398 (right)
New York
1792 (left) | 1801 (right)
Description: Both examples are nicely finished fusee movements with verge escapements and round pillars, white enamel dials and gold hands.

Number 104 has matching silver pair cases with London assay date mark for 1792 and maker's mark "IG" (James Gouldsbrough, London or Joseph Glenny, London). The number "104" is also stamped on the inner case following the 1785 Statute that specifies that every watch case contain the number of the watch movement (Priestley, 28); however, this provision seems to be very inconsistently followed. Both cases also have a King George III export duty mark that was used from 1786 to 1798 and indicates that the tax was paid on the silver case. Watch paper by William Scott, of Paterson, N.J. located within the case.

Stephen Van Wyck Watch

Number 2398 has matching silver pair cases with London assay date mark for 1801 and maker's mark "TC" (Thomas Carpenter, London). Watch paper by Charles P. Grover of Foxborough, Massachusetts located within the case.

Stephen Van Wyck Watch



References and recommended reading:
  • Jerzy Ganczarczyk, Stephen Van Wyck English Cylinder WatchesNAWCC Watch & Clock Bulletin, No. 317, (December, 1998), pp. 734-741
  • Philip Priestley, Watch Case Makers of England, NAWCC Watch & Clock Bulletin Supplement No. 20 (1994)