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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

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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

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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.


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

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

 

If you're not familiar with the intriguing 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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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
Elmer O. Stennes “ OOB” Lyre Banjo in Mahogany

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