Waltham Clock Company
212038 Waltham Clock Company of Waltham, Massachusetts
This is a fine Federal Massachusetts Improved Timepiece or “Banjo clock” made by the Waltham Clock Company of Waltham, Massachusetts. This is a fine example having a movement that is signed or die stamped "Waltham Clock Co. U.S.A." and numbered "6377." This serial number suggests that this clock was made sometime before 1920. This is a fine example. The brass movement is mounted to the clock with wood screws that attach the back plate to the case. The movement is weight driven and is designed to run for eight days on a full wind. The quality is outstanding. It features heavy brass plates, maintaining power and a Geneva Stop winding mechanism. The front plate is die-stamped with the Maker's name in the upper right corner. It is also numbered "6377" on the upper left. The case is mahogany having flat mahogany frames and a presentation bracket. The finish appears to be original to this clock. The tablets are hand painted in color and depict Patriotic themes. The throat features an American Eagle and an American shield. The lower tablet depicts a navel battle that took place during the War of 1812 and is entitled "Perry's Victory." This battle for control of Lake Erie during the War of 1812 took place on September 10.
The top of this case is surmounted by a cast brass eagle finial. The sidearms and bezel are also brass. The bezel opens to a painted iron dial that features Arabic numerals and The name of the retailer "Smith Patterson & Co." This clock measures approximately 43 inches long.
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