Waterbury Clock Co. “Willard No. 1”, banjo clock, ca 1906. The unusual wood is Flemish Oak and the case is 43 inches tall. It has cast gilt trimmings including the large top finial, bezel, pendulum ball, and side arms. The 8-day movement is signed, “Waterbury Clock Co. USA”. This model has the time only weight movement. The weight drops to the base behind a metal cover. The pendulum beats above the cover and does not and did not ever have a tie down. The weight, pendulum and stick, and pulley are all correct for this model. The 8-inch porcelain dial and hands are very nice and correct for the clock. The glasses are original as are all the wood parts of the case. Ly-Waterbury #121. $500-$750.
E. Howard & Co. Boston, “Regulator No. 59-8”, ca 1977. Reissued by Howard in a limited production run, this one bearing serial # 180, and was sold originally to Sam L. Bowser, March 1978. There is a signed receipt-label with the clock. Howard made four sizes or this model, this being the second by dial size with an 8” dial. Although this clock is about 40 years old, it is immaculate, new in the shipping box, never hung on the wall, and an exact copy of the originals made 135 years ago. 46” high walnut case, small turned columns on the sides, wood bezel around the dial, trim around the side glasses and front glass, and a couple of moldings on the base, all painted black making for a nice overall design for this sleek cased clock. Baffle board down the center of the case is made with a lighter wood, probably maple. 8-day, single weight, time movement is running, of course. Before transporting I removed the baffle board and weight so it could be shipped separate from the case. An original would probably cost you $10,000 or more today. Only you will know it is not old. Ly-American, page 128. $1500-$2000.
E. Howard & Co. Boston, reissue walnut cased figure eight wall clock, “No. 10”. The 8-day movement is stamped, “Made By / Howard / Waltham, Mass.” Some This 34” high clock is in Mint condition, and I doubt that it was ever wound. Everything is original and in fine condition. In the 1970’s Howard began to reproduce several Howard clock models. After the first 500 were sold to NAWCC members, Howard continued making this model until the late 1970’s, and at that time they were selling them for almost $3000. The company sold and the new owner fired most good employees. By 1980 the company was on the verge of bankruptcy by and the new manager was caught trying to blow up the factory. The firm was placed in bankruptcy, creditors paid, and the firm was sold to private investors who continue making “Howard” clocks. Ly-American Clocks, page 118. $1000-$1500.
Wayne Cline, Bowling Green, Ky. “Girandole” wall banjo, in gold leafed mahogany case, ca 2003. This well-known clock maker passed a few years ago and his excellent clocks are not to be found unless you wave a roll of money before the collector’s eyes. We were very fortunate to obtain this clock as very few become available. This 8-day, one weight timepiece shows his signature on the dial and the movement, and each case he makes is numbered in many places, this one being stamped “24”, meaning he made 24 Girandoles to that date. The case is marked several places, several ways, such as, “#02461803”, or “0/24/618/03”, etc. The cases are extremely ornate and covered with bright gold leaf. This is a beautiful copy of the Lemuel Curtis early model, with wedding scene glasses by Tom Moberg, and a painted dial by the Dial House. It has bowed glasses top and bottom, detailed workmanship throughout. We have the original shipping carton for the clock. An original Lemuel Curtis Girandole clock would bring well over $100,000. We sold this clock in 2005 for $6000. There are very few coming on the market these days but the last two sold at eastern live auctions went for nearly $8000.
“E. Howard & Co. Boston / 59”, signed on the movement of this “No. 70 Regulator”, ca 1923. The 59 stamped on the movement is correct for this clock. There were five sizes of the No. 70 made, this one being the smallest at 32” long. The black walnut case is very nice, in original condition and it has all the original case hardware, latches, pendulum tie down, hinges, etc. The glasses are still very nice with some paint loss on the tablet. The picture of the lower section of the case shows the paint loss. It has the original weight chute wood cover, correct brass pendulum bob, stick, and movement. The movement has been cleaned or serviced and it is running. The old iron weight is stamped, “70”. The original painted dial is excellent considering its age, is properly signed and the hands are correct. All in all, a very nice clock. Ly-American Clocks, page 123, calls this model rare. $1250-$1500.
New Haven Clock Co. “Willard” banjo, ca 1911. This clock was the top of the line for this type clock, mainly because it had a 30-day time only movement, decorated glass panels, and a large convex porcelain dial. The clock was first designed and made by Edw. K. Willard in England in 1801, and the patent rights were sold and then introduced to the American trade in 1812. Many American companies have made “Willard” banjo clocks over the years. This clock is identical to the Willard clocks including the hands, pendulum, side rails, bowed glass, etc. The mahogany case is 45 inches tall, complete, and correct except it should have a brass eagle on top. Those are available from Timesavers or other supply houses. The movement is clean and in good operating condition. Ly-New Haven #188. $500-$750.