“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. $2000-$2500.
“Foster Campos, Pembroke, Mass.”, Girandole, ca 2005. A copy of the famous Lemuel Curtis girandole designed clock, with an 8-day weight driven, time only movement. Wayne Cline and Foster Campos made several of the Girandole clocks over the years and all are proudly owned and displayed by prominent collectors all over the country. Mr. Cline died in 2006 and Mr. Campos died in 2007. This clock, like so many of the Campos and Cline clocks, was bought as an investment and came to us in the original shipping carton. We removed it for the catalog photo. There is not much I can say about this clock except it is extraordinarily magnificent, with all the bright gold and wonderfully painted glasses including the bowed Aurora glass in the bottom. The case is 44” high, and again, perfect. We have sold these over the years anywhere from $6500 to $10,000. $3000-$5000.
“Foster S. Campos / Pembroke, Mass.”, Girandole banjo clock, ca 2005. This model is the rarest of the Campos clocks. Almost all Girandole banjo clocks were made with bright gold finish, this one is mahogany. They all have an 8-day weight driven, time only movement, that is new or like new and performing as expected. Mr. Campos passed in 2007 and his clocks are collected and sought after by a large number of collectors. This clock like other Campos clocks we have sold were bought as an investment, came in an original shipping box and remained in that box except when the collector wanted to make sure what he bought was all there and functioning properly, then put back in the box and shoved under his bed. I don’t know what to tell you about this clock that you don’t already know if you are a clock fancier. It is perfect if I don’t bump it hanging it on the wall in my office. The Tom Moberg glasses are outstanding, as is the dial, hands, pendulum, gold ornaments around the top and the bottom, side rails, wood eagle on top, and other features. The case is 44 inches tall, and perfect. This model has sold from $7500 to over $10,000 at auctions where people have more money than sense. We sell the same caliber clocks but we are in MidAmerica not the east coast, our customers buy the same clock at a much lower price. $3500-$5000.
Waltham Clock Co. banjo clock, ca 1928. This is their model No. 1543, a pretty large banjo standing 40 ½ inches high, made of mahogany and this one is in excellent condition. It has two original hand painted glasses showing George Washing on the throat glass and his home, Mt. Vernon, on the bottom glass. Both glasses have minor touch up on the back side. The glasses look very nice, hardly noticeable. Glass in the brass sash is bowed and beveled. There is a brass eagle on top, brass sash and side rails and a brass pendulum. Inside the case is a pendulum tie down, iron weight, painted dial, and original hands. The 8-day movement is signed “Waltham Clock Co.”. The movement is time only and running. A very nice clock. Pictured in Ehrhardt, Book 2, page 165. $1000-$1250.
Chelsea Clock Co. Boston, banjo clock they called a “¾ banjo clock”. I suppose they called it ¾ because it is 32 inches tall where the larger banjo clocks are 36 to 41 inches tall and some even taller. It has an 8-day time only movement that is running properly. The jeweled balance wheel movement is ticking right along. The mahogany case is very clean and looks almost new but we know the consignor has been running it for years. Chelsea made the clock around 1925, signed the painted metal dial, had excellent glasses painted for their clocks that have always been snatched up by collectors. The reverse painted Mt. Vernon glasses are perfect. It also has the correct signed Chelsea winding key. They don’t come any nicer than this one. $500-$750.
“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. $125- $250.