Aaron Willard, Jr. is credited with introducing clocks with half round frames. That is the banding around the bottom door and throat area. They were advertised as “New Pattern Timepieces”. Some had the half round bezel and some a brass bezel. The made them with a square bottom and some with rounded bottom. This mahogany veneered case is 32 inches high, including the gilt turned finial. The clock is ca 1817. The beel is held with a push button latch, the bottom with a hook latch. There is no evidence it ever had a push latch. The case is nice all over. Aaron Jr. used barbed arrow hands on painted iron dials. The original painted dial has the circle inside the numerals as well as outside, all faded slightly. The weight is lead, the movement is bolted thru from the back. The 8 day timepiece movement has been serviced and is running. Clock cases and movements made by Aaron Jr. are pictured in the books:
“Willard’s Patent Time Pieces”, by Paul Foley
“Simon Willard and his Clocks”, by John Ware Willard
“American Banjo Clocks”, by Petrucelli and Sposato
It is generally agreed that this banjo was made by Aaron Willard, Jr. $1500-$2000.
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American banjo with an alarm bell on top of the case. It is said to have been made by Curtis & Dunning or Lemuel Curtis, ca 1815. It also has some features of alarm banjo clocks made by Aaron Willard, Jr, also ca 1815. Check the book, “American Banjo Clocks”, pages 91 and 134, by Steven P. Petrucelli and Kenneth A. Sposato. The shape of the 8 day movement plates are more like Willard’s banjo. The lovely mahogany case is 40 inches high and in excellent overall condition. The only problems are two missing door latches. We believe the internal parts including the movement, weight, pendulum, pendulum tie down, painted dial, hands, and even the winding crank, are original to the clock. I did not wind up the weight nor did I bend the alarm bell wire to make it straight. I would rather someone with more experience tend to those things. The movement appears to be complete and operational. $4000-$5000.
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“Seth Thomas, / Plymouth Hollow, Conn.”, made this clock they called simply, “Column Gilt”, about 1850. In my opinion this is the best looking of all the column and cornice cases he made, primarily because the gold columns are so nice. The company made this model with many different painted glasses and different paint colors on the columns, from the mid 1840’s until almost 1900. Usually the gold on the columns is worn, faded, and chipped, but this one is very bright. The glasses are all original, the label is complete, the dial is excellent, and the other accessories are all correct for this model. It has an 8 day signed brass lyre movement that is running and striking the hours on a coil gong. The rosewood veneered case is 32 inches tall and the veneer is all intact and near perfect. This Empire style case is as nice as any we have ever sold. $600-$800.
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“Terry & Andrews, East Bristol, Conn.”, steeple clock, ca 1842. This company later became the Ansonia Clock Company. There is nothing special about the 18 inch mahogany veneered case. It has a one day movement that is running and striking hours on a coil gong. The original dial has some edge chips, there is a good old label, old glasses but no paint on the lower glass. Points on the cone finials are good, it has an original door latch, and pretty nice veneer all over. $25-$75.
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“Birge, Peck & Co. / Bristol, Conn.”, Empire style or sleigh front as most collectors call them, ca 1849. No doubt this was a mighty fine clock in its day. What I have shown you in the pictures is all original except the new dial paper on the original dial pan. Everything else probably came from the factory. It is missing every smidgen of veneer, not one square inch remaining anywhere. The glasses are now clear. The bottom glass was probably original to the case, but paint cleaned off. The other two glasses are probably new. The 8 day weight movement is correct, as is the gong. The two weights are not a match and not the type you would find in this clock. It is running and striking the gong. It has latches on the doors, and as you can see, a very good backboard label. Note the picture of the side of the case. It looks like worms have eaten the wood but it is where the veneer was gouged off the wood case. Pretty much like that all over. $150-$250.
“E. Terry’s / Cheap Thirty Hour / Clocks, / Movements Made By / H. Welton, Terryville, Conn.”, miniature weight driven ogee mantle clock, ca 1841. He took over Eli Terry, Jr. clock business in 1841 and failed in 1842. The rosewood veneered case is 21.25 inches tall, smoky dark, apparently has never been cleaned, veneer is good with a couple of corner nicks. Door latch, old mirror with some loss of backing, and old glass in the top. The old wood dial shows wear and use, in fact the whole clock appears to have had constant use and has not been pampered as many clocks were. Most of the dark label remains on the backboard but has some loss where weights rubbed. It has a pair of small square iron weights, old pendulum bob, and coil gong. The 30 hour movement is not signed and it also is dirty, but functioning. It has weight cords but I sure would not hang the weights until I checked out the movement. I just noticed the wood dial has extra holes. I guess that means it is a replacement. $300-$500.
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