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.
“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.
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.
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.
“Webb C. Ball”, American banjo clock, ca 1916. The Webb C. Ball company was a railroad inspection service and a retail jeweler in the Cleveland area for many years. They sold clocks and watches. He sold clocks made by Howard, Seth Thomas, Chelsea, and others. We believe this banjo clock was made by Chelsea. “Webb C. Ball” is imprinted on the dial as were a great many of his watches and clocks he sold. The 40-inch mahogany case was made to accommodate a weight driven pendulum movement. It has the tin cover over the weight chute from top to bottom. It would appear Ball bought the empty case and installed a lever movement and dial to his liking. The 8-day time only movement is running. The case has a brass eagle, brass side rails, and a brass sash with a bowed glass that is cracked. The dial and hands are good but not of Chelsea quality. Note the expensive “Hull” painted glasses. Ly-American Clocks, Volume 3, has a dozen pages dealing with the Ball companies. $300-$500.
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.
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.
Waltham Clock Co. miniature Willard style banjo, ca 1930. The case is only 21” high, has a nice finish all over the mahogany case. Mahogany stained wood balls around the base, three perfect glasses, brass sash with flat beveled glass over the ivory painted metal dial. The dial is signed and is in excellent condition and has the correct hands. It has good brass side rails and a brass eagle. The 8-day time only movement winds and sets by turning a long brass rod behind the door on the base. It is time only and running. We sold this clock in the July2018 auction but it was returned because of a split on the top. Splits on round top clocks are very common and many banjo clocks, calendar clocks, and some shelf clocks have those splits. Ly-American Clocks #912. $300-$500.
New Haven Clock Co. banjo, “Waring”, ca 1923. This is a good size (37 inches high) spring driven banjo with good glass panels and wood decorations. It had a finial on top originally and would then have been 40 inches high. If it were weight driven and had brass decorations we would be talking over $1000. Other than some light wear on the 8” dial, replaced eagle for a finial, and a little tip added to the bottom, this piece is nice. It has a complete paper label on the back, correct brass bob and key, and original hands. The 8-day movement strikes a long rod on the half hours, and it is running great. The glass panels are original, all the paint in place but you can see some slight bubbling of paint. The 37-inch-high case has a nice mahogany finish. Ly-New Haven #219. $200-$350.
New Haven Clock Co., New Haven, Conn. banjo clock, “Waring”, ca 1923. This clock has an 8-day movement and half hour strike on a Cathedral gong, and is in excellent running order. The mahogany case is 37 inches high with eagle on the top. The wood finish is original and the reverse paintings are also original. A perfect label remains on the back. The very bottom piece of wood appears to be replaced. Ly-New Haven #219. $200-$350.