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BJK-1030
$2,250
Elmer O. Stennes “Willard” Banjo

Elmer O. Stennes “Willard” Banjo ~ Antique Clocks Guy

Elmer O. Stennes “Willard” Banjo ~ Antique Clocks Guy

Elmer O. Stennes “Willard” Banjo ~ Antique Clocks Guy

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 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!

This is a "first-generation" clock that just came from the estate of the gentleman who was the original buyer and who owned this clock for the last 40+ years.

Physical: The case, which measures 10"w x 34"h x 4"d, is made of mahogany, cross-banded with acacia. The clock case and dial are in excellent physical condition and retain the original finish on the case and original paint on the 7" diameter dial. The iron weight is signed "Stennes" and is also original to the clock. The tablet and throat glass are both in excellent condition and original as is the pendulum. The clock is signed on the tablet "Willard's Patent" as this is a copy of an early banjo made by Simon Willard.

Simon Willard History: Simon Willard is considered America's most well-known clockmaker. He was born in Grafton Massachusetts April 3, 1753 and died in Roxbury, August 30, 1848. He was a highly prolific and innovative clockmaker for over sixty-five years. A patriot during the revolution, he moved from Grafton to Roxbury with his brother Aaron in 1780 where they produced a great variety of clock forms and continuously experimented with new styles.

Willard's famous “Roxbury” tall clock cases are easily recognized by their fine details, pleasing proportions and rich mahogany. A Simon Willard antique tall clock is considered by sophisticated collectors to be among the most highly prized antique forms.

During his early career in Grafton, Simon Willard worked to produce a compact and affordable wall clock. The results of this effort were the rare Grafton Wall Clocks often referred to as “Willard experimentals”. He improved upon this form over several years until he arrived at the clock we refer to as the “banjo” clock, Willard called it his “Improved Patent Timepiece”. He had succeeded in making an attractive, accurate and compact timepiece that could be purchased for a fraction of any tall case clock. This wildly popular form is still reproduced today. 

Willard also produced the popular “Massachusetts shelf clock”, the very rare lighthouse clock and a number of impressive gallery clocks that can be found in church and municipal buildings. His legacy in American history and decorative arts is substantial.

Mechanical: Kilbourne and Proctor (Waltham, Mass. c.1970-1990) produced banjo clock movements for use in 20th century banjo clocks by Stennes and Campos, one of which is in this clock. The eight-day, time-only, weight-driven movement is original to the clock. It has just been professionally overhauled and is in excellent mechanical condition.


Comments: This is an exceptional clock that belongs in our home, but that would require a major remodel and expansion to have any additional wall space! So, the clock and the associated very interesting history, will go happily to you and draw attention wherever it is hung. Give us a call today to start the process.

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Front View
Front Left
Front Right
Upper Left
Upper Right
Throat
Tablet
Tab
let Closeup
Dial
Pendulum
Weight
Movement


LEH-0331
$1,500

E. Howard “Regulator No. 5” ~ Antique Clocks Guy

E. Howard “Regulator No. 5” ~ Antique Clocks Guy

E. Howard “Regulator No. 5” ~ Antique Clocks Guy

Ship From So. CA

(original catalogue drawing)

 

Over the years we've seen many "banjo clocks" from E. Howard & Co. in a wide variety of sizes and conditions. This excellent representation of the smallest of the species is constructed of cherry and was factory-grained with india ink in order to achieve the look of rosewood. The original graining remains on this clock.

Physical: The case, which retains its original finish, measures 12"w x 29"h x 4"d. Here's what the original catalogue says: "The cases are from well-seasoned hard wood, stained in imitation of rosewood, and polished."

Most Howard "banjos" have, at some time in the past, had the original gut weight cord break sending the weight through the bottom of the case. It's not an exception, it's pretty much the rule on early banjo clocks. This clock is no exception to that rule, but you don't see it looking directly on to the clock and the repair was done nicely.

Many of these clocks have had the glass replaced, or at least repainted. Both the throat "tablet" and lower tablet are original and the paint and gilding is original and in excellent condition.

These black, gilded gold and red painted tablets are traditional Howard color combinations. Both tablets appear to have been re-blacked on the back at some point in the past. The metal pendulum backboard could be a replacement as it has been spray-painted, but it appears to be correct. The pendulum tie-down (both pieces) is present, too. The "moon" hands are original and correct.

The iron weight is also original and has the appropriate number 5 cast into it. The 7" diameter iron dial is also original to the clock with original paint and in excellent condition, signed "E Howard & Co., Boston".
The pendulum is original and some damascening remains on the bob.

Mechanical: The single-weight, time-only E. Howard movement is original to the clock, bears the Howard signature and the number "5" appropriate to the clock. It is in excellent running order here in our home. The original catalogue says: "Recoil escapement, and accurate time keeper. For use in dwelling-houses, offices and rooms, they are well adapted" (whatever that means)! The movement in this clock has just been professionally serviced by our technician and will provide years of great service for you.

Comments: If you've been looking for an clean example of a Howard Regulator No. 5, act now, this is your clock. Clean, original, and ready to go. It's physically here in our home, so call if you have additional questions and we'll do our best to get the info for you. If you've already seen enough, you know what to do... call us!

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Front Left
Front Right
Head
Tablet Front
Tablet Back
Throat Front
Throat Back

B
ottom
Dial
Dial Back
Pendulum
Movement
Pulle
y
Weight - Number
Weight - Middle


Reference
Ly, T.D., American Clocks - I, 1989, p.117

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LEH-0332
$1,200

E. Howard “Regulator No. 5” ~ Antique Clocks Guy

E. Howard “Regulator No. 5” ~ Antique Clocks Guy

E. Howard “Regulator No. 5” ~ Antique Clocks Guy

E. Howard “Regulator No. 5” ~ Antique Clocks Guy

Ship From So. CA

(original catalogue drawing)

E. Howard “Regulator No. 5” ~ Antique Clocks Guy

 

E. Howard & Co. made this "banjo" clock in five sizes, Regulator No. 5 being the smallest. This is from the original catalogue: "The cases are from well-seasoned hard wood, stained in imitation of rosewood, and polished."

Physical: The case, which measures 12"w x 29"h x 4"d, retains its original finish, but may have been overcoated in the past. It is in excellent overall physical condition.

At some point in time, the original gut weight cord broke sending the weight through the bottom of the case. This is not an exception; it's pretty much the rule on early banjo clocks. On this one, you don't notice it looking from the front.

Many of this style have had the glass replaced, or at least repainted. Both the throat "tablet" and lower tablet are original. In the past, both tablets have been re-blacked on the back. There is a small horizontal crack in the upper portion of the throat glass. It does not jump out at you, but Tom Moberg, the famous clock glass artist said he can replace this with an old glass copy for not a lot of money.

The pendulum backboard is wood; generally they are metal. The pendulum tie-down (both pieces) is present, too. The "moon" hands are original and correct.

The iron weight appears to be original. The 7" diameter iron dial is original to the clock with original paint and in excellent condition, signed "E. Howard & Co., Boston".
The pendulum assembly is original.

Mechanical: The single-weight, time-only E. Howard movement is original to the clock, has the Howard signature and the number "5" stamped into the plate. It is in excellent running order. The original catalogue says: "Recoil escapement, and accurate time keeper. For use in dwelling-houses, offices and rooms, they are well adapted" (whatever that means)!

The movement has just been professionally serviced by our technician and will provide years of great service for you

Comments: Nice clock at a great price. It's physically here with us, clean and ready to go...



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Description

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Front Left
Front Right
Head
Open (Dial Off)
Tablet Front
Tablet Back
Throat Front
Throat Back

B
ottom
Dial
Dial Back
Pendulum
Moveme
nt

Reference
Ly, T.D., American Clocks - I, 1989, p.117

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WMD-0302
$1,825
Herschede Willard-Influenced
“Hull's Victory” Banjo Clock, c.1920

Herschede "Hull's Victory" Banjo Clock, c.1920 ~ Antique Clocks Guy

Herschede "Hull's Victory" Banjo Clock, c.1920 ~ Antique Clocks Guy

Ship From So. CA

Herschede "Hull's Victory" Banjo Clock, c.1920 ~ Antique Clocks Guy

 

The Herschede Hall Clock Company is widely known for its "hall" or "tallcase" clocks, but the firm also made many other styles including mantle/shelf clocks and some banjo clocks as well. This successful clock style was patented by Simon Willard in 1802 as the “Improved Timepiece” but is more commonly referred to as a “banjo” clock.

Herschede made these clocks during the first quarter of the 20th Century and competed with the banjo products from the Waltham, Chelsea and Howard factories.

Physical: The case, which measures 33.5" h x 10" w x 4.5" d, is in excellent physical condition. It has original glasses, original gilding on the eagle, original cast brass bezel and sidearms. Famous églomisé/reverse glass artist, Tom Moberg, touched up the lower back portion of the tablet. The throat and lower tablet have matching moldings and borders. The 8" diameter head encloses a 7" diameter dial (chapter ring).

As you can see in the original advertisement below, this model could be ordered with or without the bracket. Following earlier period banjo clock design “standards”, this particular clock was originally ordered without a bracket. 

(original Catalogue)

History Lesson:Within the lower  frame (tablet) is a highly detailed depiction of the engagement of two warships. One flies an American flag and the other a British flag. At center is a patriotic shield–form oculus above the image’s title “Hull”.

Early banjo clock decorations commonly included patriotic images from the War of 1812. This example includes one of the most recognizable images of the war, the engagement of The USS Constitution and The HMS Guerriere. The Constitution was commanded by Captain Isaac Hull and the battle has earned his name “Hull’s Victory”. Hull outmaneuvered and outgunned the best of the Royal Navy! This image has been reproduced on many clocks over the past two centuries as you can see in the montage below.

Click to See Six Examples of "Hull's Victory" American Banjo Clocks ~ Antique Clocks Guy

(click to enlarge)

Mechanical: The recently overhauled eight-day, time-only, movement with Geneva stops is in excellent running order and signed "Herschede, Cincinnati". The mechanism appears to be the same, or similar to, as those used by Boston Clock Co, Chelsea Clock Co., Eastman Clock Co, Little & Eastman Clock Co, etc. They were made from the tooling of the defunct Derry Manufacturing, Derry NH. In 1911 Derry Mfg went out of business, and in the following year 1912, Herschede acquired all of the tooling from Derry, moved it to Ohio, and began producing these clocks as an extension to their existing line of hall/grandfather clocks. So, strictly speaking, these movements were not "designed by Herschede" but were produced in their factory using acquired tooling from the discontinued operations of Derry Mfg. Co. (there's another bit of historical trivia for you)! Note that the serial number on the weight (7410) matches that of the movement.

Comments: There is a tremendous amount of information above to assist in your consideration of this fine clock. "Fire away" and give us a call to start the acquisition process and claim our own victory!

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Front View
Front Right
Upper Right
Lower Right
Upper Left
Lower Left
Tablet - 1
Tablet - 2
Tablet Back
Throat - Right
Throat - Left
Dial Off
Dial On
Pendulum
Movement
Movement Signature
Movement
Serial No.
Weight
Serial No.


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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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.

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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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LUD-02
$5,545

~PRICE REDUCED~
$4,250
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

Ship From So. CA

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