Waltham 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 "7169." 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 is entitle "Hull" and depicts the Naval engagement between the USS Constitution and the HMS Guerriere. This scene depicts America's first and most famous naval victory during the War of 1812. Captain Isaac Hull was commanding the Constitution and became an overnight hero.
The eagle finial, sidearms and bezel are brass. This large eagle finial was reserved for the better more expensive models. This one still retains it's original casting marks on the back. "W.W.Co." stands for Waltham Watch Company. It is also numbered "159" on the wing and "160" on the base. "24" can be seen in both locations. The bezel opens to a painted iron dial that is slightly convex and features large Arabic hour numerals and Retailer's signature, “Smith Patterson Co.." The Smith Paterson Company was located in Boston. They also conttacted with the American Watch Company to makes watches with their name on the dials.
This very pretty clock measures approximately 44 inches long overall.
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