Elmer Stennes. Reproduction Girandole Timepiece
This is an outstanding reproduction Girandole Wall Timepiece made by Elmer Stennes of East Weymouth, Massachusetts. This form was made famous by the Concord Massachusetts Clockmaker, Lemuel Curtis.
In 1802 Lemuel Curtis was an apprentice of the Willard family in Boston. In 1811, he moved to Concord and set up shop as a Clockmaker who specialized in timepieces. Over the years he made many improvements in the Willards original design. An example of such an improvement is the single screw movement mounting system and changes to the clocks suspension. His ultimate achievement would have to be the design of this Girandole form. However, this was not a financial success. As a result, a small number were originally produced. Most of which are in the collections of our Countries best museums. Many individuals and some companies have since made reproductions of this form. Some of which include the Waltham Clock Company, Ted Burleigh and Foster Campos. This is a faithful copy of the original form.
This wonderful example in is excellent condition. It is signed on the dial by the Maker in script. This case measures forty-five inches long. The case wood used is mahogany. The rich brown coloring of the wood can be best seen on the sides of the case. The sidearms and the bezel are brass. (The sidearms are the decorations that are fitted to the sides of the case. The bezel forms the door that allows one access to the dial.) The frames that hold the two reverse painted tablets, the carved wooden eagle finial and the ornately formed presentation bracket are wonderfully gilded in gold leaf. The condition of the gilding is excellent. The reverse painted tablets are done in very good colors. Both pieces of glass are a convex form. The throat is an intricate traditional theme and is signed "Patent" in the lower section. The bottom circular tablet depicts "Aurora" and is so titled. The dial is painted on metal and features the the Maker's signature and working location. The format of this dial is done in the traditional Concord format having a gold ring. Below the 6:12 position on the time ring, one will notice a small bee painted on the dial. The hands are a traditional Curtis form having concentric circles and barbed pointers. The movement is brass and die stamped with the numeral "4" on the front plate. This fine quality movement is weight powered and designed to run eight days on a full wind. This is truly a wonderful example of a beautiful clock.
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