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Banjo Clock

Description

Gilded and turned spear-like finial. White enameled face with roman numerals and partially intact inscription "Simon Willard / Boston" above and another partially legible inscription "No. 4(1?)22". Throat and pendulum box edges stenciled with gilt leaf garland with stripe behind and eight point star on corner blocks. Throat with brass sidearms has reverse painted glass panel with cream border and center design of gilt urn with elongated floral branch stemming upwards. Blue surround and lozenge at bottom inscribed "PATENT" in gold leaf. Blue is bordered by gilt garlanded columns with scrollwork surrounding lozenge at bottom. Pendulum box has glass panel painted in same manner, except center has plain oval to view pendulum with gilt grapevine and floral motif encircling. Bracket has enlarged gilt leaf stencil with acorn drop.

Details

Maker
unknown
Date
1810-1835
Inscriptions
Simon Willard / Boston / No. 4(1?)22
E.H Fairbanks / Watchmaker and Jeweller / Jamaica Plain / Nov. (18)78 (paper label inside clock, hand dated)
Mrs. Asa Eldridge, Chester Sq Oct 17 1868 (inscribed)
Old, BEHF Oct. 5, 1880 No 1528
19 (stamped)
Location of origin
Boston, MA, USA
Associated Building
Original To Winslow Crocker House (Yarmouth Port, Mass.).
Material
brass (alloy)
glass (material)
mahogany (wood)
pine (wood)
Object type
Timekeeping T&E
Places
Massachusetts (United States)
Descriptive terms
banjo clocks
brass (alloy)
Clock
glass (material)
mahogany (wood)
pine (wood)
People and organizations
Thacher, Mary
Dimensions
42 x 10 5/8 x 3 7/8 (HxWxD) (inches)
Accession Number
1999.240
Credit Line
Estate of Guido R. Perera
GUSN
253548

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