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Weight-driven Banjos Page 2

58.           $500

Waltham Watch Company, Waltham, Mass. banjo, “No. 1543”, ca 1930, a reproduction of Simon Willard’s 1825 banjo clocks. Mahogany case is 40 ½ inches high, 10 ½ inches wide, and 4 inches deep. This model has balls on the base, brass side rails, brass sash, and a brass eagle. The buyer had a choice of hand painted glasses depicting historical scenes; this clock has George Washington and Mount Vernon glasses. The Mount Vernon glass has been rebacked around the edge where the paint is prone to chipping, and the George Washington glass has chipping in various places. Tom Moberg said he could restore the glass for $100, or a little less if he could remove the chipped paint in a reasonable time. The dial is ivory enamel, signed “Waltham”, and with original hands. In 1930 this clock sold for $85. The clock has an eight-day weight driven movement and pendulum with heavy brass plates. The pendulum tie down is in place, it has the metal weight chute baffle, and an old winding crank. The weight is correct; the 8-day movement is signed, running, and original to the case. The only small flaw is the throat glass. This clock is pictured in Waltham’s trade catalogs, and Ehrhardt’s Book 2, page 165. $600-$800.


60.           $1500

“Foster S. Campos, Pembroke, Mass.” Lyre banjo, ca 1982. The carved mahogany case stands 42 inches high, is like new and all original. His trademark pine tree is painted on the tablet and the dial. The dial is signed, and the case is stamped “3” and “82”. The case is in overall excellent condition, the movement is properly marked. The 8-day weight is also signed “Foster Campos”. The 8-day time only weight movement is clean and in running condition. $1750-$2000.

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84.           $1200

Waltham Clock Co. signed on the movement of this 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 block. The lead weight is correct, the glasses are original and have a few minor paint chips that are hardly noticeable. The bottom glass is signed, “Willard’s Patent”. 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, gold leaf over the front, stands near 42 inches high, and retains the original top finial, bowed glass over the dial, brass side rails and balls over the base. This style Waltham banjo clock regularly sells everywhere, in the $2000-$3000 range. Ly-American Clocks, Volume 1, #906. That is the exact model we are listing for sale. It was their most expensive model in 1930 except for the Lyre models. $1500-$2000. 



85.           $500

Early Boston area banjo, ca 1830. 8-day, timepiece, weight driven movement is not signed. Mahogany case is in good condition but you can see where sections have been glued/strengthened, after all it is nearly 200 years old. It is 32 inches tall, has two original hook door latches typical of early Boston banjo cases. There are wood side rails and a wood finial. Both glasses have been rebacked leaving the original subjects but as usual the outer paint flaked. It has the correct old iron dial and hands, pendulum and pendulum rod, weight chute baffle, pendulum tie down, and an old weight. Typical brass movement seems to be in good operating condition. A good-looking early clock that should serve you well. The starting bid is certainly low for early 1800’s banjos. $600-$850.



221.           $400  

Early American banjo clock made in the Attleboro, Mass. style, possibly by Horace Tifft, or G. Hatch, ca 1835-1850. Both painted glasses are replacements by Tom Moberg. The   The mahogany case, including the brass finial, is 34” high. The finish is clean and polished. Original dial with good paint, hands are old and we assume are original. The bezel glass is held with soldered metal clips, painted glasses held with wood strips. The pendulum ball and stick, pulley, eagle finial, and all case hardware, we believe to be original. The movement and other case parts are indicative of the Attleboro and Tifft clocks. $750-$1000.



266.           $200

Waterbury Clock Co. banjo, “Willard No. 2”, ca 1906. Mahogany case is 42” high, has all the balls and finials, good original painted glasses but the throat glass is flaking on the outer edges. It has cast gilt trimmings that include the sash and rails. A good part of the Willard No. 2 paper label is on the back. It has a correct Waterbury brass pendulum bob and wood stick. Bowed glass over the porcelain dial, and has the original hands. The dial is near perfect, and the clock overall is excellent with one exception, the metal baffle board is missing, which means also no pendulum tie down. It no doubt has the normal nicks and wear after 100 plus years of use. The 8-day weight driven movement is a timepiece only, running, and signed. It has the proper original iron weight and porcelain beat scale that came with the clock. Clock books today over $1500. I am not a repair guy but it seems to me with little effort this could be a valuable clock. Ly-Waterbury #122. $300-$500.

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500.     $1200

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.

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515.      $900

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.

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551.      $950

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.

Movement      Side view

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552.     $500

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.

Interior     Base      Back


568.     $950

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.

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