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HWD-868
$5,750
Early Elmer O. Stennes Lyre Banjo
with Chelsea Movement

Early Elmer O. Stennes Lyre Banjo with Chelsea Movement  ~ Antique Clocks Guy

Early Elmer O. Stennes Lyre Banjo with Chelsea Movement  ~ Antique Clocks Guy

Ship From So. CA

Early Elmer O. Stennes Lyre Banjo with Chelsea Movement  ~ Antique Clocks Guy

 

If you're not familiar with intrigue Elmer O. Stennes story, then you're in for a heckuva read as you check out his history, wonderfully written by Jean Schinto, and used here with her permission.

This is an early Stennes lyre banjo from the period when he was salvaging high-quality movements from Chelsea and E. Howard clocks,, prior to his relationship with long-term supplier, Kilbourne-Proctor. This clock has a high-quality Chelsea movement.

Physical: The stunning mahogany case, which measures approximately 11.25"w x 41"h x 4.25"d, is in excellent physical condition and has the original finish. As with all Stennes cases, great attention-to-detail was paid to every part of the case. Note the birch back in the pendulum photo; no corners cut even there. The reverse-painted (eglomisé) throat glass is in spectacular condition. This is one of at least two different lyre glass designs used by Stennes.

The painted 7.5" diameter dial is original to the clock, as are the unusual hands (note the physical depth of the individual hands). As with the rest of the clock, all are in excellent physical condition.

Mechanical: The eight-day weight-driven signed Chelsea movement was recently professionally serviced and is in excellent running condition. The weight is signed by Stennes.

Comments: Fabulous clock with a "time-to-tell-a-story" overture that goes with it. People who visit your home or office will be intrigued with the story; you'll be delighted with its beauty and timekeeping excellence. Now it is your turn (perhaps you're a defense attorney?); pull the trigger and give us a call!

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Front Right
Head
Throat - 1
Throat - 2
Base
Dial - 1
Dial - 2
Pendulum
Movement

Reference

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ASP-101
$2,850

Waltham “Boston State House” Banjo ~ Antique Clocks Guy

Waltham “Boston State House” Banjo ~ Antique Clocks Guy

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Waltham “Boston State House” Banjo ~ Antique Clocks Guy

 

This is a Waltham model that we've not seen before, though the Boston State House theme was widely used by Waltham. In most configurations of which we've seen photos, the state house is set in an oval painted tablet. This theme was also used in their miniature spring-driven banjo clocks that are about half the size of the weight-driven banjos like this one.

Physical: The mahogany case with (we believe tulipwood) inlay framing the tablet, measures 42"h x 10.5"w x 4"d, is in excellent physical condition and has the original finish.

The 7" diameter dial has the original paint and is in excellent physical condition. The tablet and throat glasses are both in excellent physical condition as well – spectacular glass on this clock!

Mechanical: The eight-day, time-only, weight-driven, retaining-power movement has been professionally overhauled and is in excellent running order. It is stamped with the "Waltham Watch Co • USA" logo. The weight appears to be original as well. The pendulum tie-down was not on the clock at the time of the photo, but will be included when it is shipped.

Comments: This is one of the prettiest banjo clocks we've had in some time. Don't expect that it will be here long, so give us a call to start the process.

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Front View
Upper
Throat Glass
Tablet Glass
Tablet Back

Dial
Pendulum
Movement

Reference

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ItLAG-02
$6,850
Howard & Davis Regulator No. 1

Howard & Davis Regulator No. 1 ~ Antique Clocks Guy

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(original catalogue drawing)

 

Here is a wonderful example of the largest of the production banjo clocks made by American clockmakers. Howard & Davis was a predecessor to the firm of E.Howard & Co. Both configurations of the company made a series of five banjo clocks of this shape, both sets called Regulators No. 1-5. Here are catalogue pages: (Howard & Davis - 1858) and (E.Howard & Co. - 1874).

Physical: The rosewood faux-grained cherry case appears to have the original finish. It measures 19.5"w x 50"h x 5.75"d. The first detailed thing we examine on this genre of clocks is the bottom. At some point in time in the past, most of these regulators have had a gut weight cable break, sending the heavy weight literally through the bottom of the case. So we look immediately to see what kind of repairs have been done along the way. This clock has been nicely repaired (you have to about stand on your head when it's on the wall to see the repair). The old gut cables have long ago been replaced with braided brass cable, as has this clock.

The 12" diameter paper dial appears to be original to the clock and is in excellent condition. The hands and seconds bit are correct. The pendulum bob with tie-down intact and the weight all appear to be correct and original to the clock. The glass in the head as well as throat and lower tablets are wavy. The lower tablet appears to have been re-blacked on the back (typical), but otherwise both tablet and throat would appear to be original.

Mechanical: The eight-day, time-only movement is original to the clock, has been recently serviced, and is in excellent running order.

Comments: The

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Front View
Left side
Right Side
Head
Throat - 1
Throat - 2

Tablet F
ront
Tablet - Back
Base
Bottom
Inside Corners
Dial
Pendulum
Weight
(top)

Reference
Ly, T.D., American Clocks - II, 1991, p.132

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RBL-202
$2,895
Waltham's Pattern Gold-Leafed Banjo, c.1930

“Waltham's Pattern” Gold-Leafed Banjo, c.1930 ~ Antique Clocks Guy

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(original catalogue drawing)

 

Here's a classic gilded Waltham banjo from the 1930s era, reminiscent of a much earlier period in American clockmaking. The small writing on the front of the tablet says, "Waltham's Pattern".

Physical: The gold-leafed mahogany case, which measures 10.25"w x 41"h x 4.125"d is in excellent overall condition. There is some gesso flaking from the back of the finial, most of which has been secured with glue, and it can be turned to the back where it is not readily visible. The Waltham-signed 7" dial bears the original paint and is in very good (age-appropriate) condition.

Mechanical: The eight-day, weight-driven, time-only movement with deadbeat escapement and retaining-power has been professionally overhauled and is in excellent running
order.

Comments:
This is not a model we've seen before. Very attractive clock, ready for that special place in your home or office.

Questions?
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Front View
Front Left
Front Right
Head
Finial Front

Dial
Pendulum
Tablet
Tablet Back
Throat
Base

Reference

Ly, T.D., American Clocks - I, 1989, p.247

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YDR-473
$2,750

Waltham Gilt Rope Presentation Banjo Clock - Antique Clocks Guy

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Waltham Presentation Banjo Clock
With Gilt Rope Panels
, c.1925-1930

Like other quality weight-driven American clocks, higher-end Waltham presentation banjos are becoming harder and harder to find, especially in such pristine original condition. We're feeling fortunate to have several to offer to you.

Waltham Presentation Banjo - Antique Clocks Guy

Physical: The mahogany case, which measures 42"h x 10.5"w x 4"d features the original finish and is in absolutely beautiful condition as you can see from the photos. The throat and tablet glasses are original and in excellent condition, featuring a picture of George Washington on the throat and his Mt Vernon home on the tablet. The 7" diameter dial retains its original paint and is in excellent condition. The gilding on the finial as well as the eagle itself are original to the case.

Mechanical: The eight-day, time-only, weight-driven movement is signed and original to the case; the weight is original, too. The movement is in excellent running order and has the original weight and pendulum tie-down.

Comments: This is wonderful example of a fine Waltham banjo, and at an exceptional price.


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Front View
Front Left
Head
Throat
Tablet - Front
Tablet - Back
Dial
Pendulum
Movement

 

ANS-163
$11,250

Ted Burleigh/Lemuel Curtis Girandole Banjo

Ship From So. CA

Here is an extraordinarily difficult-to-find clock that is a copy of an original Lemuel Curtis Girandole banjo clock, c.1803, made by a high-end, well-known craftsman and his wife of the 1970s era. Ted and Fran Burleigh founded the Gilders Workshop of Winchester, MA. Burleigh was the only one to copy the full-size Curtis clocks. His reproductions are highly sought after because of both their quality and close attention to the originals.

This example, serial No. 2, shows a scene looking down State Street with it's rows of buildings, toward the ships docked at Rowe's Wharf.  It was made in 1975 and is so stamped on the back of the case. There is additional information on Burleigh following the museum photos/descriptions below.

Here are two Lemuel Curtis originals from the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston (www.mfa.org) followed by a brief Lemuel Curtis biography. Please click the thumbnail photos to enlarge.

 

From the museum website: In 1802, Simon Willard of Roxbury, Massachusetts, was granted a patent for the production of "Willard's Patent Time Pieces," an immensely popular wall clock. Lemuel Curtis, like many clockmakers in New England, had links, both familial and professional, with the seminal Willard shop. After completing his apprenticeship, probably with Simon Willard, Curtis opened his own shop in Concord, Massachusetts, in 1811, where he produced timepieces until he departed for Vermont in 1821. Memoirist Edward Jarvis, in his early reminiscences of Concord, recalled that Curtis's shop was "thirty feet long and ten or twelve feet wide. In a room on the left side he repaired and had a small jewelry store. The rest he used by himself, his men and apprentices as a manufactory of his timepieces."

The Museum's girandole wall clock (named for its use of convex glass in the base section) is a type patented by Curtis in 1816 in his attempt to make a more technologically advanced and aesthetically pleasing model that would surpass the influential Willard version. This example is exceptional for its beautifully rendered image of Marriage depicted in reverse painting on glass (eglomisé), an extraordinarily difficult technique. Curtis asserted in a Boston Intelligencer advertisement from April 12, 1817, "Upon the exteriour [of his clocks] the exertions of genius and taste have not been spared, or any expence," adding that they received "the approbation of the first artists in the United States" and that they were "the best moddeled, and proportioned, and surpassing, in elegance of appearance, any timepiece ever invented."

Other subjects depicted on his clocks include Commerce and victorious naval engagements from the War of 1812, fitting themes for "Meeting Houses, Banks, Parlours and other rooms."

More About Burleigh: In 1970, after years of gold leaf restoration and reverse glass painting as a hobby, Ted and Fran Burleigh formed the Gilders Workshop in Winchester, MA and began producing fine quality reproductions of banjo clocks based on the design of Lemuel Curtis.

According to a 1981 Burleigh sales brochure, "In 1973 the Burleighs had the opportunity to copy, line-for-line, the Curtis girandole clock known as the "bride's clock", now on loan at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

The girandole, known as the most elegant American clock design, is a challenge to the craftsman with its hand carved eagle finial and acanthus leaf bracket and the use of fifty burnished gold balls as trim. Again, the Burleighs are totally involved in the crafting of the case - Ted doing all of the carving, finishing and gold leaf preparation and Fran the gilding and painting of the glass tablets. The reverse paintings for girandoles are unusual and intricate. In addition to the 'Marriage' scene of the bride's clock there are choices of five paintings, all copied directly from originals."

Another Burleigh brochure states, “The design of the Burleigh Presentation Banjo Clock is adapted from that of the Lemuel Curtis banjo made in the early 1800’s. Like the original, it’s distinguishing features are a somewhat narrower throat than usual, and the concave molding used on the door and throat which is finished in burnished gold and therefore reflects the rope trim which is laid in it. Also as in the original Curtis clock, all cases are made of hand rubbed Honduras mahogany, with five piece back boards of pine. The door, throat frame and bracket are also of pine, the wood customarily used in pieces to be gilded.

The gilding is executed in the traditional manner. Six hand applied coats of gesso (a mixture of whiting and animal hide glue) are sanded to a porcelain-like finish, and three or more coats of bole (a red clay and glue mixture) are applied to the parts before they are gilded. Twenty-three karat golf leaf is applied over an oil size in the area to have a matte finish, and over a water size in the areas to be burnished.

The dial, with Roman numerals is hand painted and the hands are hand filed to a delicate slimness. The movement, which is patterned after the early weight-driven types is made by Kilbourne & Proctor.”

Physical: The elegant case measures 46”h X 12”w  X 4.5”d and is in excellent physical condition as you can see in the photos. It is stamped in numerous places, "TEB 2" The 7" diameter dials were painted by the famous dial-painter, Martha Smallwood, in Dallas, GA. There is a Smallwood label on the back of the dial. The front says, "LB Curtis' Patent" signature and is also signed, "Reproduction by T.E. Burleigh, Jr".

Everything on this clock is original.

Mechanical: The eight-day weight-driven movement is signed by its well-known and highly regarded maker, "Kilbourne & Proctor". It is all original and is in excellent running order, having been professionally serviced in 2010.

Comments: Well, we've given you a ton of stuff to read and a lot of great photos. The next logical step is for you to pick up the phone and call us to start the purchase process. This is one magnificent clock that you are not going to see again any time soon.

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Front View
Front Left
Front Right
Upper Right
Lower Right
Throat Left
Tablet
Tablet Back
Base
Dial
Back of Dial Label
Pendulum
Movement
Maker Mark - Back


 

LUD-02
$5,545
Elmer O. Stennes “ OOB” Lyre Banjo in Mahogany

Ship From So. CA

The story of Elmer O. Stennes is intriguing, to say the least. If you don’t know the history of this particular maker, you should read the Elmer O. Stennes article in our Reference Library. It’s an amazing saga filled with intrigue... and MURDER!

You might also find the Foster S. Campos history interesting. He was trained and employed by Stennes. It's all really spooky... and will be very intriguing to share with anyone who comes into your home and sees this most interesting clock... but don't turn off the lights at night!

Physical:
The stunning mahogany case, featuring a "Prince of Wales" hand-carved finial, measures 11.25"w x 41"h x 4.25"d and bears the unique Stennes "bee" marking on both the glass and on the bottom of the dial. But WAY MORE INTERESTING is the "OOB" marking on the inside bottom of the case. This clock was made when Stennes was Out On Bail... really (we told you you should read the story above)! The case has the original finish and is in excellent condition. Glass is all original and so is the (most interesting) paint on the dial. The inside bottom is also marked "69", which we assume was the year of manufacture.

Are you beginning to get the picture that this one is more interesting than just the clock? (!)

Mechanical: The eight-day, weight-driven, time-only movement is in excellent running order, having been professionally serviced in 2010.

Comments: What more can we say? This is not only a beautiful clock, but the relatively contemporary history that goes with it is incredibly intriguing. Had any murder's stuff in your home before? Perhaps now is a good time to start!

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Front View
Front Left
Lower Section
Upper Section
Base
Bee on Glass
Bee on Dial
Throat Back
Throat Back - Closeup
Dial
"OOB" Mark
Door/Throat Off
Pendulum Bob



RBA-07
$2,650

~PRICE REDUCED~

Waltham Presentation Banjo - Antique Clocks Guy

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Waltham Presentation Banjo Clock
With Gilt Rope Panels

We only see the Waltham presentation banjos occasionally... they are "thinning out," especially the higher-end models like this one that features the inlaid gilt rope around the tablets and the "brass balls" hanging down! Like other quality weight-driven American clocks, Waltham banjos are becoming harder and harder to find, especially in such pristine original condition.

Waltham Presentation Banjo - Antique Clocks Guy

Physical: The mahogany case, which measures 42"h x 10.5"w x 4"d features the original finish and is in absolutely beautiful condition as you can see from the photos. The only thing needing attention is a pendulum tie-down, which we can get from timesavers.com. The throat and tablet glasses are original and in excellent condition. The dial retains its original paint and is in excellent condition. The gilding on the finial as well as the eagle itself are original to the case. Note that this model has beveled glass in the bezel, too.

Mechanical: The eight-day, time-only, weight-driven movement is signed and original to the case; the weight is original, too. The movement is in excellent running order and has the original weight and pendulum.

Comments: This is another spectacular example of a fine Waltham banjo, and at an exceptional price... don't miss out.

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Front View
Front Right
Head
Eagle
Tablet - Front
Tablet - Back
Throat
Dial
Pendulum
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