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3.           $700

Wayne Cline, Bowling Green, Ky. Reproduction of a Howard No. 10, ca 2002. These very popular figure 8 clocks have always been very collectable models. This one is about 34 inches tall, made of excellent walnut wood and finished every bit as nice as the original Howard made clocks. It has an 8-day, time only movement and is weight driven. It is signed and numbered everywhere in Cline’s own lingo; “0/85/549/02”.  It has a proper door latch, glasses, dial, and hands, all identical to an original ca 1880 Howard figure 8. Reproductions made by Howard have sold at several auctions, always bringing from $2500 to $3500. We have seen the original No. 10’s sell at auctions for up to $15,000. No wonder these Cline reproductions are so popular. They don’t come any nicer than this one. $1000-$1500.

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5.           $1400

“Waltham Watch Co. / U.S.A.”, signed on the movement of this very rare ca 1930 banjo clock. This clock uses Waltham’s famous 8-day timepiece weight driven movement. The original internal parts are the movement, pendulum, pendulum stick, weight chute metal cover, and pendulum tie down. It is missing the tie down. The weight is correct, the throat glass has a few inconsequential paint chips around the edges; the bottom Mt. Vernon glass appears to have been professionally restored without removing the glass from the frame. By that I mean the yellow paint was rebacked. The dial is original, signature is good, hands are original, and the two door latches are in good working order. Mahogany case has the original finish, stands near 41” high, and retains the original top piece and side rails with special carved objects at the top and bottom. This style Waltham banjo clock regularly sells in the $3000-$3500 range, if you could find one. Ly-American, Volume 1, page 246. $1500-$2500.

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6.           $1200

 “Wayne Cline, Bowling Green, Ky.” Lyre banjo, ca 1998. The carved mahogany case stands 42 inches high, is like new and all original. A good-looking lady is painted on the tablet. The dial is signed, “Wayne R. Cline / Bowling Green, KY”, and the case is stamped “3” in many places.  Cline also stamps his code on all his clocks. This one is: “0/3/454/98”. The case is in overall excellent condition, the movement is properly signed, “Wayne Cline”. The 8-day weight, pendulum, and 8-day weight movement are original stock and the movement is clean and in running condition.          I have my reasons for thinking why he did it, because I have done the same thing. Note that this lyre banjo is identical to the Campos banjo in the January 2018 auction, No. 202, and the Campos Lyre banjo in the July 2018 auction, No. 20. $2000-$3000.

7.           $700

E. Howard & Co., Boston, Mass. “Bicentennial Banjo, ca 1976. Designed like the Banjo clocks 1 thru 5, then they added a finial on the top and bottom. The mahogany case is 42 inches tall and in perfect condition. The reverse painted throat and lower tablets have a thirteen colonies motif. Perfect painted dial is signed, “E. Howard & Co/ Boston”. A label inside indicates the serial number of the clock is #149 and it was made in 1978. If you can find one of this model for sale you will more than likely pay upwards of $1500. $900-$1200.

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26.           $1200

E. O. Stennes, Weymouth, Mass. 8-day weight driven banjo, ca about 1964. The 8-day movement is signed, “E. O. Stennis, Weymouth, Mass. #5”. Many of the movements used by Mr. Stennes were from a large group of Howard No. 5 banjo clocks purchase from a school system. The “5” was already stamped; Mr. Stennes added his name and address. The pendulum is also signed, “5”. The mahogany cross banded case is 33” high, numbered, “7-64” on the case. The pendulum is the type used by Stennes in his banjo clocks, there is his trademark “bee” on the dial, hidden behind the bezel. That was a trademark he customarily used on his dials. The dial and hands appear to be original to the case, good bright gold bezel with bowed glass, gold side rails, unusual finial on top, and the original painted glasses. This clock normally sells for near $5000 at the auctions where people fly in from everywhere, rent hotel rooms, and pay big fees to the internet companies that post the auctions on line. $1500-$2500.

 

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36.           $1200

E. Howard & Co., Boston, Mass. “Bicentennial” reissued banjo, ca 1978. Howard reissued this banjo model to commemorate 200 years of the US government, 1776-1976. The glasses are inscribed and there is a factory label inside indicating this is No. 115 of their model “95B-1”. It is almost a Howard No. 5 banjo except for the addition of the tail and the special finial on top. The case is 42 inches high, rosewood stained, near new, cannot find any reason not to call it new. It may have never been hung on the wall. The case is also stamped “115”. I did not remove the dial but the previous owner says the movement is signed, the weight is correct and it is in running condition. $1200-$1500.

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50.           $500

“Waltham Watch & Clock Co.” ca 1930 banjo clock. This clock uses Waltham’s famous 8-day timepiece weight driven movement that is signed and numbered. The original internal parts are the movement, pendulum, pendulum stick, weight chute metal cover, lead weight, and winding key. It is missing the original tie down bar but our collector made his own. The throat glass and bottom Mt. Vernon glass have a few minor paint chips that have been spot covered. There is a gilt rope around both painted glasses and gilt covered balls on the base. The dial is original, signature is good, hands are original, and the two door latches are in good working order. Mahogany case has the original finish, stands near 41” high, and retains the original brass eagle, brass side rails, and brass sash holding the bowed glass. This style Waltham banjo clock regularly sells everywhere, in the $1000-$2000 range. Ly-American, page 248. $600-$900.

 

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51.           $500

Waltham Clock Co., Waltham, Mass. 8-day time only weight driven movement, ca 1930. In a mahogany case 42 inches high, 10.5 inches wide and with reverse painted tablets that have slight paint flaking. The mahogany case is very nice as is the painted metal dial. The hands, eagle on top, brass side rails, brass pendulum bob and wood stick, the iron weight and pulley are all correct. The weight chute at the bottom has the typical metal covering and pendulum tie down arrangement. The individual case parts are stamped, “7”. The dial is signed “Waltham”. The 8-day movement is signed, running and original to the case. The stylish case is plain in that there is no gold paint, etc. but does have the balls around the base. Ly-American Clocks, Volume 1, pages 246-247. This clock has always booked around $2500 but in recent years retails for a little less. $600-$900.

 

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54.           $800

Waterbury Clock Co. banjo, “Willard No. 4”, ca 1906. The Willard series of banjo’s are all weight driven and very large, 42” to 43” tall. This one has a large amount of the original paper label on the back stating it is a Willard No. 4. The case is dark like most old mahogany cases but this one is made of Flemish Oak. It is all original, has not been refinished or polished a whole lot in 100 years. The gold finial looks to be perfect. The gold around the original painted glasses is also very nice and I believe it is original. Very little paint loss on the glasses and overall the paint is holding nicely. The brass rails and bezel are clean and polished. The best thing about this banjo is the porcelain dial and it is signed. The porcelain is perfect. Under the dial is a Waterbury 8-day movement that runs robustly. The brass bob is damascened, has been polished. It has the original wood stick, original pendulum tie down, and original metal cover over the weight chute. The weight is original or period and one would assume it came with the clock. Ly-Waterbury #124. $950-$1250.

 

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57.           $550

“Waltham Watch & Clock Co.”, ca 1930 banjo clock. This clock uses Waltham’s famous 8-day timepiece weight driven movement that is signed and numbered. The original internal parts are the movement, pendulum, pendulum stick, weight chute metal cover, pendulum tie down bar, and the lead weight. The throat glass and the bottom Mt. Vernon glass, were professionally restored by Tom Moberg. The dial pan is original but repainted by the Dial House. The signature is good, hands are original, and the two door latches are in good working order. Mahogany case has the original finish, stands near 41” high, and retains the original mahogany finial and brass side rails. This style Waltham banjo clock regularly sells everywhere, in the $2000-$3000 range. Well it used to and will again in a few years. Like the stock market, Buy Low, Sell High. Ly-American Clocks, page 248.  $600-$800.