Waltham Watch Company of Waltham, Massachusetts.
This is a fine Federal Massachusetts improved timepiece or “Banjo clock” made by the Waltham Watch Company of Waltham, Massachusetts circa 1930. This clock is listed in their catalog as the model No. 1500. It originally sold for $75.00 in the first quarter of the twentieth century.
This is a fine example. The brass movement is mounted to a metal mounting bracket with diagonal positioned screws. The movement is weight driven and is designed to run eight days on a full wind. The quality is outstanding. It features heavy brass plates, a recoil escapement and maintaining power, The Geneva stop winding mechanism has been removed. The front plate is die-stamped with the Maker's name in the upper right corner. The serial number, "??62" can been found in the upper left hand side of the front plate. The first two numbers have been removed or mistakenly polished off. The weight is cast in lead and features an internal pulley. This weight is original to this clock. The case wood is mahogany and is lightly finished. It features half round or "Torus " mahogany frames and a presentation bracket that retains it's original gilding.
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 opens to a painted iron dial that is slightly convex and features large Arabic hour numerals and Makers signature, “Waltham." This clock also has the Boston retailer's name "Bigelow Kennard & Co. INC. on the front of the dial.
This clock measures approximately 40.5 inches long overall.
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