“New Haven Clock Co., New Haven, Conn.”, banjo clock, “Wayland”, ca 1923. Good looking small banjo but first thing I found, it is missing the tail piece. The case is solid mahogany and very dark, never cleaned. The painting is original, side rails are also solid mahogany, brass eagle on top, brass sash with beveled and bowed glass, and excellent signed porcelain dial. It has an 8-day, backwind movement, and it is running. Ly-New Haven #220. $50-$100.
“New Haven Clock Co., New Haven, Conn.”, miniature banjo clock, “Willis”, ca 1929. The solid mahogany case is 18 inches tall, has decorated panels, brass side rails, brass eagle, brass sash with beveled glass, and a signed and very nice silver dial. The 8-day jeweled lever timepiece winds in the back. It is running. It is near perfect. Ly-New Haven #197. $100-$200.
“Seth Thomas Clock Co., Thomaston, Conn.”, wood cased banjo clock, “Danvers”, ca 1928. The nice mahogany case is18 inches tall, clean and nice. The catalogs say this model has a gold border and colored flowers in the panels. I cannot tell there were ever any painted flowers, nor can I tell there was gold paint. I would call it inlaid wood. But what do I know? There is a partial label on the back, good brass sash and flat glass, and a perfect, signed, nickel dial. The 8-day movement winds in back, is lever time, pin escapement. The movement was used in many of ST clocks. Ly-Seth Thomas, page 80. $75-$150.
Waltham miniature banjo. Solid mahogany case is 20 inches tall, has two excellent painted glasses, George Washington and Mount Vernon. There is a bowed glass in the sash, painted dial with original hands. The key wind 8-day movement did not want to run for me. The only key I found to fit was a two-ended key, the small end. $50-$100.
“Riggs Bros. Philad.”, signed on the dial of this ca 1840 banjo clock. It is an 8-day, weight driven model that was so popular in the early banjo making days. Having spent far too much time researching this clock and maker, and learning little, I turned to “Volume 3, American Clocks, American Clockmakers & Watchmakers”, by Sonya L. & Thomas J. Spittler, and Chris H. Bailey. They wrote, “William H. C. Riggs was an agent for E. Howard & Co., sold many clocks to various railroads in and around Philadelphia, and that probably all the clocks were made by “Howard”. In all my research it seems they were not consistent in the ways they signed the dials. This clock to most collectors would be a Howard No.5 Banjo. We believe it is made of cherry and was false grained originally. This case is almost 29 inches and still in very nice condition. The movement is 8-day, time only, weight driven, and running. The glasses, dial, weight and pendulum are all very nice. The weight looks like a Howard weight but not marked. Some NAWCC Bulletin articles discuss this maker and their clocks. $750-$1000.
American banjo of the Boston type, ca 1826. The 8-day time only movement is not signed, nor is the original painted metal dial. Previous collectors who owned this clock said it was made by Lemuel Curtis or Elnathan Taber, both with ties to Aaron Willard. I am unable to either confirm or deny that belief. There is a brass eagle, side rails and a heavy sash holding the bowed glass. The brass eagle may well be a replacement. No way to know for sure. Excellent painted glasses that resemble so many we see on early banjo clocks, “Aurora” the goddess of sunlight. Old iron weight is the type found in the early banjo clocks and it is not marked in any way. There is part of the pendulum tie down but the part holding the pendulum in place is missing. It has the original metal baffle covering the weight chute. The metal dial has good paint and it has the V slots around the edge that so many early dials have. The hands, pendulum bob, rod, pulley, iron weight, and winding crank, are all original or period to the clock. The movement is running properly. $500-$750.
E. Howard & Co., Boston, “Presentation Model-Reissue” banjo, ca 1970. The 40” high case is cross banded mahogany, with a brass eagle, brass bezel, brass side rails, and ball trim on the base. The painted metal dial is signed, “E. Howard & Co. / Boston”, and the movement is signed the same. The movement and several places on the case are marked, “144”. The clock is perfect and has all the accessories you would see on the original, early 1900 banjo, such as brass pendulum rod and bob, pendulum tie down, winding key, iron weight, door latches, hands, and glasses. This is another clock the consignor kept up the bed in a box, just too nice to have been on the wall for 45 years. This model is shown and discussed in several of Tran Duy Ly’s clock books. In particular see his book, “American Clocks”, page124. $1250-$1500.
“Waltham Clock Co.”, ca 1920 banjo clock. This clock uses Waltham’s famous 8-day timepiece weight driven movement that is signed. The original internal parts are the movement, pendulum, pendulum stick, weight chute metal cover, and pendulum tie down block. It is missing the tie down bar. The weight is correct. The throat glass has a few minor paint chips around the edges; the bottom glass is especially nice and may have been professionally restored. The dial is original, signature is good, has a paint flake on the right side, 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 and side rails. This style Waltham banjo clock regularly sells everywhere, in the $2000-$3000 range, or they did. Ly-American, page 248. $1000-$1500.