Waltham “Banjo No. 31”, ca. 1905. A weight-driven banjo in a 40.5-inch mahogany case. Both reverse-painted images are original, with some losses to the background, mostly along the edges. The painted iron dial reads “S. A. Mac Queen Co.”, a silver retailer in Philadelphia in the early 1900’s. There is a convex glass in the brass bezel and two original iron hands. The signed movement runs 8 days; it is running without problem. The major drawback to this large banjo is the replacement base – a well-carved piece that closely, but not exactly, matches the mahogany case. If you can live with that you will have a nice banjo that otherwise typically sells for over $1000. $500-$800.
E. Howard & Co. lever banjo, ca. 1920? This is a 30-inch banjo with an E. Howard-signed lever spring movement. The dial is also signed. I can’t find another example for comparison. Both glasses are reverse-painted, the dial glass is convex. It could use a bit of polish, but otherwise looks to be entirely original and complete. It is running but looks to be a bit slow. There is a fast-slow adjustment and a key; no label. This is an ideal clock for you if you live on a houseboat or yacht. $300-$500.
T.C. Burleigh, Jr. presentation banjo, ca. 1980. A 40-inch weight-driven reproduction banjo in the style of Willard presentation banjos from the early 1800’s. Gilded gesso on the beaded front, base and acorn finial. There is some loss to the gilding on the balls around the bottom. Both gilded glasses are original and in excellent shape. The painted dial is signed, the 8-day time-only movement is signed Kilbourn & Proctor, Inc. and is running. The lead weight is a replacement. We sold one in 2017 for $1500. $1000-$1500.
Seth Thomas “Banjo No. 5”, 1929. This 30-inch mahogany-cased banjo contains the Seth Thomas 8-day, time-only pendulum movement #123A. The dial is silvered, with some marring near the “8”; the hands are correct, behind a flat glass. The throat and door glass applied images are as shown in the catalog photo (Ly, Seth Thomas Clocks and Movements, Vol. 1, page 79). It is running and keeping time. $75-$120.
Plymouth “Banjo Style 5596”, 1938. This 29-inch banjo differs from the No. 5 above in that it is time and strike using the Seth Thomas #1120 round 8-day pendulum movement. It strikes the hours and half-hours on a single rod with a rich tone in a slow-strike manner. The case is “mahogany finish on white wood” with some scuffs and it holds Washington Mount Vernon panels (rather than applied images). The aluminum dial has raised numerals with fancy hands and is signed “Plymouth”. The convex glass is a bit loose in the bezel. The brass bezel and side arms could use some polish. It is running, striking, and keeping time. $75-$150.
New Haven Clock Co. banjo clock, “Whitney”, ca 1932. Another great little clock from the most recent consignment. Solid mahogany case is 32 inches high, two beautiful panels, some flaking on the bottom glass, wood side rails and brass finial, brass sash with a bowed glass. Underneath the glass is a signed silvered dial with painted numerals that have been unprofessionally enhanced, and a pair of original hands. On the back is a complete paper label. The movement is 8-day, hour and half hour strike on a long iron rod, and a correct pendulum bob. Ly-New Haven #217. $50-$100.
E. Ingraham & Co. banjo clock, “Treasure”, ca 1934. Collectors call the clock “Treasure Island” because the throat glass is imprinted, “Treasure Island”. The complete label on the back says it is, “Treasure”. This is a pretty nice banjo and I don’t see any glaring defects. The bowed glass over the dial is good and the dial is signed two places and is only a little soiled and the hands are correct. The solid mahogany case is 39” high, has solid brass eagle, brass side rails, and bezel. Both glasses are original, same with the pendulum bob, latches, etc. The movement is 8-day, two rod duplex strike. Ly-Ingraham #239. $200-$350.
“New Haven Clock Co., New Haven, Conn.”, 8-day time and strike banjo clock, ca 1910. The mahogany case with eagle on top is 36 inches tall, missing the side rails, but appears complete otherwise. The metal dial is showing slight wear on the silver, the hands and pendulum are correct, and the glasses are very nice. There is a complete label on the back but it does not show a model name and I cannot identify the model in Ly-New Haven. It certainly is not a cream puff, but surely worth our minimum. $75- $150.