Waltham Watch Company of Waltham, Massachusetts. A wall timepiece or banjo clock.
This is a fine Federal Massachusetts Improved Timepiece or more commonly called a “Banjo clock." It was made by the Waltham Watch Company of Waltham, Massachusetts circa 1930. This clock is listed in their catalog as the model No. 1543. It originally sold for $85.00 in the first quarter of the twentieth century and by 1930, the price had increased to $97.30.
This is a good example. The brass movement is mounted with diagonal positioned 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, 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 9007 on the left. The case is constructed in mahogany. The frames are fitted with metal rope and the presentation bracket is fitted with brass balls. This clock case is stamped case lot 105. The tablets are hand painted in good color and depict Patriotic themes. The throat tablet features a variation of a standard theme. The lower tablet 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. The bezel opens to a painted iron dial that features Roman numerals and Maker's signature, “Waltham." This clock measures approximately 40.5
About Waltham Clock Company of Waltham, Massachusetts.
The various forms of the Waltham Clock and Waltham Watch Companies enjoyed a solid reputation for making quality clocks. It was first established in Waltham, Massachusetts in January of 1897 as the Waltham Clock Company in Waltham, Massachusetts. Their products were excellent quality, first selling primarily hall clocks, shelf clocks and then wall clocks. In 1913 they sold out to the watch making giant Waltham Watch but continued to make clocks under the Waltham Clock name until 1923 when the name was changed to the Waltham Watch and Clock Company. In 1925 the name was again changed, this time to the Waltham Watch Co. It is reported that pendulum clock production ended sometime around 1930.
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