A beautifully made George II arch top longcase clock by William Creak (1746-1768) with cross banding and herringbone stringing to the hood and trunk.
The Burr Walnut case has aged beautifully and shows its intricate pattern well, the herringbone stringwork to the trunk has been executed to a very high standard and is complimented with the cross grain banding and moulded door edges.
The case has been sympathetically cleaned professionally and has had the silk replaced in the arched hood with a matching burgundy silk found during restoration.
The five knopped pillar movement had been well made and shows the quality of these early London clockmakers. The movement is free from poor repairs and bad handling evidenced by the lack of hammer marks, dents and scrapes usually found on poorly maintained clocks. The clock was in a very dirty and “sleepy” state when acquired and had obviously been kept safe and dry for a good number of years. I have carefully re-commissioned the movement personally and have ensured that the movement was repaired and overhauled using the highest of standards so that its “original” condition and finish is preserved. The clock comes with a full three years guarantee for your peace of mind.
The cast brass plate dial with silvered chapter ring and subsidiary dial for the sweep second is well proportioned being framed with Urn and Dolphin Spandrels, The arch having an engraved boss detailing the makers name William Creak, London.
William Creak is listed as a “fine maker” and having operated from 1746 to 1768. His workshop was in the Royal Exchange on Cornhill within the square mile from 1754, Before then it I have found that he may have been in Bunhill, London as mentioned on a note within the case (See image). A verge pocket watch made by him is now in the Guildhall Museum, London and another Pocket watch by William in the V&A Museum London.
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