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William Baker Crisp (1825-1895)

Biography of clockmaker William Baker Crisp (1825-1895)

William Baker Crisp (1825-1895) was born in 1825 and is recorded as working as a clockmaker at 81 St John Street, Clerkenwell from circa 1858 until 1865, before he moved to 174 St John Street and finally to 133 Liverpool Road.

Crisp worked for the great chronometer maker Robert Molyneux and was a founder member of the British Horological Institute in 1858, becoming a well-known commentator on chronometer matters.

Crisp was made bankrupt in 1879 and died in the Clockmakers' Asylum in New Southgate in 1895, His son of the same name was also known maker.

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Lot FS18/778

Lot FS18/778: William B Crisp, London, A 19th Century Walnut Regulator

William B Crisp, London, a 19th century walnut regulator the eight-day duration, weight driven movement with maintaining power, a dead-beat escapement, adjustable pallet, five-spoke wheelwork, adjustable cap to the 'scape wheel arbor and a mercury filled bob to the pendulum with a beat regulation scale below, the twelve-inch round silvered dial of typical regulator layout with minutes to the outer aspect and two subsidiary dials to the centre showing seconds and hours, signed across the centre 'Willm. B Crisp, London', with blued steel hands, the walnut dome topped case with an inset panel to the base, glazed trunk door, and carved floriate decoration to the fretwork below the dial, height 182 cm.

Estimate: £3,000 - £4,000
Realised: £10,500