“E. Ingraham Clock Co.”, banjo clock, “Treasure Island”, ca 1934. One of their more popular models, made with solid mahogany and standing 39 inches high, hand rubbed with solid brass side rails. Brass rails need to be polished to match the brass bezel. It has great original glasses, the throat glass shows the pirates treasure map, bottom glass shows them burying the treasure. There is a nice signed silver dial, original hands, and bowed glass in the sash. On top is a metal eagle. The movement runs 8-day with a duplex rod strike, has the original pendulum and is running and striking. There is a complete paper label on the back. We used to sell these for $750, you get a bargain. $200-$350.
“The Sessions Clock Co., Forestville, Conn.”, banjo clock, “Revere”, ca 1927. This is a spring driven 8-day time and strike clock. It is running and striking hours and half hours on two long rods. The pendulum is hung in the bottom. A good label remains on the back of the case. It has decorated glass panels, bowed glass in the brass sash, signed silver dial and original hands. The mahogany finished case is almost 36 inches tall with eagle on top. Ly-Sessions #48. $100-$200.
E. Howard & Co. “Bicentennial Banjo”, 1976. About 41 inches in height, acorn finial to tip, in walnut or mahogany, 8-day timepiece. Signed metal dial, good glasses with the 13 original colonies in the folded banner on the throat. Movement “95 B” is signed and dated “10 76”, number 16. Running and keeping time. Three sales in the Antique Clocks Price Guide in the last 5 years averaging $1566. $1200-$1600.
Early weight-driven banjo. A 35-inch mahogany case with flame mahogany front boards. The throat board is split. There is no label or signature on the case, dial, or movement that we can find; the painted dial is attached to the movement with four screws as a tall-case clock dial would be attached to a movement. There is a heavy thick glass in the heavy brass bezel. The hands appear original. The weight-driven movement and pendulum are typical of banjos; there are some oxidation spots on the bob. The weight is on a brass pulley behind a tin weight shield that seems to be original (all the screw holes line up); for that matter, there are no additional dial holes or movement mounting holes. The 8-day time-piece is running easily and keeping time. The wood finial on top may or may not be original, but it appears that there should also be a finial on the unusual round bottom piece. All in all an atypical early banjo, but we are not banjo experts. The flame mahogany case is nice for sure. $400-$1200.
Early lyre banjo with bell, ca. 1830. An early unsigned lyre banjo with a bell strike on top in a 33-inch figured mahogany case. Two weights drive the time and strike; the movement will run for a few minutes, and the strike appears to work with a little push. The metal dial appears to hold its original paint, and the hands look original as well. The lead weights don’t quite match, and neither do the pulleys. The pendulum assembly and weight shield may be original, and I think the tablet with gold leaf background is original and in very nice shape. The top finial is likely a replacement. I think there may have been a tapered base below the tablet box, as the bottom is not veneered and there are some unexplained holes. Couldn’t find an example of this clock in Petrucelli and Sposato’s book “American Banjo Clocks”, although similar bell strike models with similar movements are found in the early 1800’s. I found only one sale of a similar model in the Antique Clocks Price Guide at Cottone’s in 2001 for $9625. That was a long time ago, but there just aren’t many examples of this style of clock with the bell on top. $3500-$5000.
Terry wooden works banjo, ca. 1830. There are five examples of this model in the Antique Clocks Price Guide over the last 18 years – not a common clock. It has a 30-hour wood movement and a short drop (5-inch) pendulum. The length of the case, 35 inches, is to allow for the two weights to fall. This exact clock, owned by John Delaney at the time, is pictured and described in Petrucelli and Sposato’s book “American Banjo Clocks” on page 158. It is described as a “Terry type” striking Connecticut banjo. Only one has been found with a label, apparently for “Terry & Sons”, although others have attributed these clocks to Henry Terry. One account suggests that Eli Terry wanted a clock to compete with the very popular banjos being made in the early 1800’s. It is a clever use of available materials, but it didn’t catch on. The mahogany-veneered case has three doors (two with ivory escutcheons) a wood dial typical of Terry clocks (with original paint), Terry-type hands, two old 30-hour weights, and an acceptable but not outstanding repainted tablet. Both glasses are old, the dial glass appears to be so old that it may be an art-glass replacement from 50+ years ago. We hung the weights and the clock would strike, but we didn’t get it running. You probably can if you want, the movement looks complete. Schmitt’s sold one in 2012 for $1300, the most recent sale. Earlier sales went for quite a bit more. $1300-$2500.