An unsigned weight driven Massachusetts Timepiece of Boston origin. 221057

This is a fine Federal Massachusetts timepiece or “Banjo clock” made in Boston circa 1835. This late form is identified by the turned mahogany bezel, carved wooden sidearms and the canted frames. This is the last of the hand made timepieces.

This timepiece case is constructed in mahogany an older finish. The finial, turned bezel and side arms are made of mahogany and are original to this clock. The side arms are a traditional form and are well carved in a classic sidearm shape. Both of the canted frames are fitted with reverse painted glass tablets. The tablets are hand painted in good color and depict traditional themes. Both tablets are original to the clock and are in excellent original condition. The throat tablet features a number of traditional themes which include floral themes and an American Eagle. The Eagle is depicted with its wings outstretched and an American shield is positioned over its chest. The lower tablet depicts a classical scene of a woman standing in a long white gown. She appears to be performing on a stage. Long red drapes frame her in the scene. She is depicted playing a floor harp. This lower door is hinged on the right and locks closed on the left via a push button latch system. The bezel also locks closed in the same manner. It is fitted with clear glass and opens to access the painted dial.

This dial is formatted with a closed minute ring. The five minute positions are marked with triangles. The quarter hours are marked with arrows. The Roman style hour numerals are set on the inside of the minute ring. Open moon shaped hands display the time.

The weight driven movement is mounted to the back of the case with two screws that pass through diagonal positioned ears. The ears are cast into the the design of the back plate. The mounting screws are threaded directly into the pine backboard. This movement is constructed in brass and is designed to run for eight-days on a full wind. It is weight powered. The original cast iron weight descends directly below the movement. The rectangular shaped plates support the steel shafts and brass gearing. The gearing is set up as an alternate train and the escapement is a recoil design. The pendulum hangs from a bridge that is mounted to the front plate. The rod is steel and it supports a brass covered bob. This swings in front of the weight tin which has been painted black. A rectangular shape brass pendulum tie-down is mounted to the tin.

This really clean example measures approximately 32.5 inches long overall. It is 10.25 inches wide and 3.75 inches deep. This timepiece was made circa 1835.


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