Waltham Clock Company of Waltham, Massachusetts. A banjo clock with Perry's Victory tablets.
This is a very colorful Federal Massachusetts Improved Timepiece or “Banjo clock” made by the Waltham Clock Company of Waltham, Massachusetts.
This is a fine example. The brass movement is mounted to the clock with screws that attach the back plate to the case. The movement is weight driven and is designed to run for eight days on a full wind. The quality is outstanding. It features damascene decorated 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 7461 on the left.
The case is mahogany and features flat mahogany frames and a wooden presentation bracket, case lot 156. The finish appears to be original to this clock.
The tablets are hand painted in good colors and depict Patriotic themes. The throat features an American Eagle with its wings outstretch, American flags and an American shield. The lower tablet depicts a navel battle that took place during the War of 1812. The tablet is titled at the top, "Perry’s Victory." This battle took place on September 10th and was for control of Lake Erie during the War of 1812.
The top of this case is surmounted by a large brass eagle finial. The sidearms and bezel are also brass. The bezel opens to a flat painted iron dial that features Arabic style hour numerals and the company name "WALTHAM."This clock measures approximately 43 inches long. It is inventory number 216087.
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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