Pair cased verge by William Creak, London

Stock No. 1453

William Creak
London, 1749
Silver pair cases, 49 mm
Verge escapement

Price £650

MOVEMENT : Gilded verge escapement, with very well engraved and pierced balance cock, featuring a portrait at the neck. Silver regulator disk and and four square pillars.
Signed (Wm.Creak, London) and numbered (6159).

The movement is in good original condition and is running well.

DIAL : Original white enamel dial in quite good condition, with no repairs but some surface scratches, some small flakes around the edge (notably at 6) and 2 light hairlines running from the centre towards 4 and 10.

Nice 18thc. steel beetle and poker hands.

INNER CASE : Silver, with rubbed hallmarks for London, 1749?, maker’s mark TB.

In good condition though the pendant has been reattached. The hinge is fine and the bezel snaps shut. The high dome bull’s eye crystal is also in good condition.

OUTER CASE : Silver pair case with no marks, but a perfect fit to the inner and no reason to believe that it is not original.

The catch button has worn down, but otherwise in good condition throughout. The bezel snaps shut correctly.

William Creak is listed at the Royal Exchange, London between 1754 and 1775.

The case maker is probably Thomas Baskerville, who is listed in the Clockmakers Company in 1744.