Waltham Watch & Clock Company of Waltham, Massachusetts.
210040 Waltham Watch & Clock Company of Waltham, Massachusetts.
This is a very colorful and lively example. The form is called a Federal Massachusetts Timepiece or more commonly called a “Banjo Clock.” This example was made by the Waltham Watch & Clock Company of Waltham, Massachusetts circa 1924. This clock is listed in their catalog as the model No. 1546. Clocks like this sold for approximately $90 in the first quarter of the twentieth century at a time when the average annual earnings for an American was approximately $1,236 and a teacher's salary was $970.
The brass movement is mounted with diagonal positioned machined screws to a metal mounting bracket. The movement is weight driven and is designed to run eight days on a wind. The quality is outstanding. It features heavy brass plates, solid pinions, dead-beat escapement, maintaining power and a Geneva stop winding mechanism. The front plate is die-stamped with the Maker's movement number in the upper left corner. It is number 8706. The case is constructed in the finest mahogany. The frames are crossbanded with a combination of black walnut which was used on the outer edge and tulip wood is used along the interior framing. A mahogany presentation bracket is mounted to the bottom of the case.
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 pasturelands of Boston Common. The Boston State house designed by Charles Bulfinch and was constructed in 1795 – 1798. It was built on top of Beacon Hill on land that John Hancock once owned. In fact, in this view, Hancock's residence is depicted to the left of the State House. His home was torn down in 1863.
The eagle finial, sidearms and bezel are brass. The bezel which is fitted with glass, opens to a painted iron dial that is slightly convex and features large Arabic hour numerals and Makers signature, “Waltham."
This very pretty clock measures approximately 44 inches long overall.
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