Waltham Clock Company of Waltham, Massachusetts.
212111 Waltham Clock Company of Waltham, Massachusetts.
This is an outstanding Federal Massachusetts improved timepiece or “Banjo clock” made by the Waltham Clock Company of Waltham, Massachusetts circa 1925. What makes this example so outstanding is the presentation of the case and the coloring and skill of the reverse painted tablets. The case is constructed in mahogany. Many of the surfaces retain their original gilding. This includes the outside edge of the backboard, large cast eagle finial, the frames, rope decoration and the presentation bracket. Both of the frames are fitted with twisted metal rope and the presentation bracket features eight turned wooden balls. The gilding is in very good original condition. The reverse painted tablets are hand painted in excellent colors and demonstrate excellent skill. The throat features a traditional theme for this form. It is quite intricate in it's design. The lower tablet depicts a popular view of the Boston State House from the point of view of the Public Gardens. This tablet is signed by the artist in the lower left. The Artist's name is D. J. Steele. The brass bezel is fitted with convex glass and opens to a painted iron dial featuring Roman hour numerals, a gilt lined inner circle and the Retailer's name printed in small block lettering. It reads, “Shreve, Crump & Low Co." The weight driven movement and is designed eight days on a full wind. As one might expect, the quality is outstanding. It features damascene 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 "6862" on the left. (Please note that this clock was photographed before we serviced the movement.) The brass movement is mounted with steel screws that attach to a metal mounting bracket. This very pretty clock measures approximately 42.5 inches long overall.
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