New Haven Clock Co. banjo clock, “Wilson”, ca 1920. This is a rare model, a 30-day movement in a 42 inch high mahogany case, with good reverse painted throat and bottom glasses. Unfortunately, some paint on the throat glass flaked off during the ride from Virginia to Kentucky. There is an excellent silver 7-inch dial, original hands, and a bowed glass over the dial. What makes it so rare is the 30-day spring driven time only movement. It has been cleaned, oiled, bushed, and put in good running condition. The pendulum has a nice brass colored finish but you cannot see it behind the nice painted lower glass. There is a signed beat scale inside. 30-day banjo clocks are rare and seldom come along for sale. Ly-New Haven #213. $300-$500.
E. Ingraham Clock Co. banjo clock, “Nile”, ca 1915. I have sold one or two of this model in years gone by, but they are not commonly available. The company described the cases as “natural grain with rubbed mahogany finish”. The case is39-inches tall with latching bezel and bottom door. It has a paper dial now stained with oil caused by over oiling the movement and the oil dripped onto the dial. The 8-day movement is time only and running. On the back is a complete paper label. There is no back cover over the middle section of the case, and may have never been, just not sure. Ly-Ingraham #242. $150-$300.
New Haven Clock Co. banjo, “Willard”, ca 1911. The various parts of the case are identical to the “Willard” pictured in the banjo books. The eagle, bowed glass, signed dial, hands, pendulum, Westminster Chime gongs, brass side rails, and both glasses are original to the case. The 43-inch-long mahogany case is clean, polished, and all original. The movement is not pictured in the New Haven and Tran Duy Ly clock books as they do not show the “Willard” model with Westminster Chimes. The movement is running and the chimes are in good order. One thing I have not figured out. When you open the bottom door the throat glass and frame will fall out. It is above my pay grade to figure out how the throat glass should be held in the case. Ly-New Haven #188. $300-$500.
E. Howard Regulator No. 10 reissue, 1976. The walnut case and movement are marked #454 and dated August of 1976. There is some wear to the left side of the bezel where it is held during opening, and a 1-inch chip of veneer reglued on the right side behind the upper hinge. Neither is noticeable without close inspection. All glasses as new, no nicks or scratches to the case; good dial. It is running as expected. A nice mid-tone walnut finish. We sold two last July for $1375 and $1625. $1200-$1600.
Seth Thomas “Banjo No. 8”, 1933. This is a 29-inch banjo with a mahogany case; it may instead be the “Crandall” or “Banjo No. 7”, both of which are the same dimensions and have the same #120 round pendulum movement. The glasses are interesting here; both are silhouettes, I believe of George Washington and Mount Vernon, against a solid painted background. They are not shown in Ly’s books on Seth Thomas clocks, but ST did use some silhouette panels in select clocks during this period (see “Special No. 26” in Ly’s Vol. 1). The silvered dial is in good shape behind a beveled convex glass, with two brass sidearms and a brass eagle finial. The hands are ST issue. There is a veneer chip on top of the clock where the finial got knocked off. It is not visible from the front. The back-plate appears to be a replacement. We can’t keep this clock running for more than a few minutes. $60-$125.
Sessions “Revere” banjo, ca. 1927. A 35.5-inch banjo in a mahogany-finished case, with some wear to the finish; wax would fix. The glasses are as shown in the catalog photo (see Ly, Sessions Clocks). The iveroid dial is good behind a convex glass, hands appropriate, finial correct. The 8-day signed pendulum movement is running, striking on a cathedral gong on the hours and half-hours. $60-$125.
Seth Thomas “Banjo No. 2”, ca. 1928. A 29-inch mahogany-cased banjo with a silver dial and correct hands, beveled convex glass, two reverse-painted glasses, brass side-rails and a gilded eagle finial. The 8-day #125 lever movement strikes the hours and half-hours on a vertical rod. It is running and striking appropriately. $60-$150.
New Haven “Whitney”, ca. 1932. This is an unusual banjo in that it plays Westminster chimes on four rods. The case is in a mahogany finish, 30-inches long, with two correct panel designs behind the glasses. The dial is cream-colored behind a convex glass, the hands, side-arms and eagle finial are correct. A scrape on the right throat frame has been stained to match. The clock is ticking but the chimes are not functioning and will need some sort of adjustment; they try to strike on the quarter hours. A small label on the back, but no instructions for use. $75-$150.
Waltham banjo, ca. 1930. A weight-driven banjo in a 41-inch mahogany case with the original hand-painted glass panels (very nice) and an old painted metal dial. The weight shield and pully-suspended lead weight are replacements; everything else appears original. The brass sidearms and bezel could stand to be polished. The 8-day signed brass plate movement is running easily and keeping time. These typically sell for around $1000.
Wm. Cummens banjo, ca. 1820. A Federal-style weight-driven banjo attributed to Wm Cummens of Roxbury in a 33-inch banded-mahogany case. The signature on the very old painted iron dial has been added or strengthened, so we can’t be sure it is by Cummens, but note the gold ring inside the numerals that is found on other Cummens banjos. He did not sign his movements, which used a T-bridge as found here. Both glasses were repainted by Thomas Moberg on old glass, the dial glass is newer. The hands are original, the weight old, the top finial a replacement. It is running easily and includes a winder. $1200-$2500.