Waltham Clock Company of Waltham, Massachusetts. Federal Massachusetts Improved Timepiece or Banjo clock.

This is a fine example. The brass movement is mounted to the clock with screws that attach the back plate to the case. The movement is constructed in brass and is weight driven. It is designed to run for eight days on a full wind. The quality is outstanding. The front plate is decorated with a damascene design. The Geneva stop work is missing. The gearing is brass and is supported on hardened steel shafts. This clock is also fitted with maintaining power . The front plate is die-stamped with the Maker’s name in the upper right corner. It is also numbered 7514 on the left.

The case is mahogany and features flat mahogany frames and a wooden presentation bracket. Eleven wooden balls decorate the presentation bracket. The finish appears to be original to this clock. The inside of the case is die-stamped with the case lot number of 961.

The tablets are hand painted in good colors. The lower tablet depicts a view of Mt. Vernon. The quality of this scene is better than most.

The top of this case is surmounted by a large brass eagle finial. The sidearms and bezel are also brass. The bezel opens to a flat painted iron dial that features Arabic style hour numerals and the company name “WALTHAM.” This clock measures approximately 43 inches long.

About Waltham Clock Company of Waltham, Massachusetts.

The various forms of the Waltham Clock and Waltham Watch Companies enjoyed a solid reputation for making quality clocks. It was first established in Waltham, Massachusetts in January of 1897 as the Waltham Clock Company in Waltham, Massachusetts. Their products were excellent quality, first selling primarily hall clocks, shelf clocks and then wall clocks. In 1913 they sold out to the watch making giant Waltham Watch but continued to make clocks under the Waltham Clock name until 1923 when the name was changed to the Waltham Watch and Clock Company. In 1925 the name was again changed, this time to the Waltham Watch Co. It is reported that pendulum clock production ended sometime around 1930.

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