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210.      $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.

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211.       $3000

“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.

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554.     $1300

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.

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