William Barker, Wigan, a moonphase longcase clock the eight-day duration movement striking the hours on a bell, the fourteen-inch brass break-arch dial having a raised silvered chapter ring engraved with black Roman numerals with Arabic five-minute numerals to the outer aspect, the silvered dial centre engraved with c-scroll decoration and having a subsidiary seconds dial, and sweep date to the inner aspect of the chapter ring, with cast-brass c-scroll spandrels to the four corners, the arch having a moonphase disc set within the arch above, with the adjustment wheelwork from behind the dial in typical Barker fashion, and engraved above with the maker's name Will. Barker, Wigan, the globe area having two applied silvered mounts engraved with the motto Time is Valuable, the mahogany case having a shaped moulding to the top of the trunk door, fluted columns standing on fret-work blocks to the trunk corners, the hood flat fluted columns to the door and further turned fluted columns to the corners, a fretwork panel to the swan-neck pediment and cast-brass finials, the base having canted corners, a shaped raised panel and standing on bracket feet, height 230cm * Biography; William Barker was a well-known maker working in Wigan, Lancashire, with a whole chapter devoted to him in the Clockmakers and Watchmakers of Wigan by Arthur J Hawkes published in 1950. A member of the Barker family of clockmakers, William was believed to have come to Wigan with his father Thomas in circa 1737 and established himself not only as a clockmaker, but also a gunsmith and petitioned to be made a Freeman in March 1748 stating that having 'married a wife there, is desirous to obtain his Freedom and to exercise his trade therein…' being finally admitted in 1751. He quickly became very active in the town and was at the forefront of a number of petitions stopping others from plying their trade without the requisite Freedoms, often to stop competition from those of equal ability. Thomas Hatton, an 18th century London watchmaker and author on clocks wrote in his Introduction to the Mechanical Part of Clock and Watch Work, published in 1773, that William Barker can be put 'in the front rank' of makers Barker's masterpiece, a longcase clock with various complications, including moon-phases and state of sunrise and sunset along with calendar work for the Old Style and New Style that came into use in 1752, was made circa 1780. William Barker fell ill in July 1786 and died some months after, with his son Daye Barker continuing the business for a short while.