This is a fine Federal Massachusetts Timepiece or more commonly called a "Banjo Clock." This example was most likely made by the Waltham Clock Company of Waltham, Massachusetts circa 1910.

This is an early example and several aspects of this clock support this. The serial number (5515) is a very early number. The dial is made from zinc and is flat. Lastly, the presentation bracket is somewhat shorter than those found on later models. This clock was most likely made in 1906.

The brass movement is mounted with diagonal positioned machined screws. The movement is weight driven and is designed to run eight days on a wind. The quality is outstanding. It features heavy brass plates that are decorated with a damascene design, maintaining power and a Geneva stop winding mechanism. The front plate is die-stamped with the serial number “5515” on the left. The case is mahogany and is fitted with flat mahogany frames that are decorated with a cross-banded pattern. A presentation bracket is mounted to the bottom of the case. This is painted with gilt paint and is original to this clock. This example is mossing two of the gilt balls at the back of the bracket.

The tablets are hand painted in excellent colors. They depict Patriotic themes. The lower tablet is titled at the top, “Wasp and Reindeer.” On June 28th, 1814, the USS Wasp, an American Sloop engaged the H.M.S. Reindeer in the English Channel. The Wasp, with heavier guns and a larger crew took the Reindeer in a reported 19 minutes of heavy fighting. The Wasp is depicted on the right. The Reindeer is on the left depicted with a broken mast or two. The throat tablet depicts several traditional themes. The harp, flags and American shield are all present. The cast eagle finial, sidearms and bezel are brass. The bezel opens to a painted zinc dial featuring Roman numerals and Retailer’s name. It reads, “SHREVE, CRUMP & LOW CO. / BOSTON.”

This clock measures approximately 44 inches long overall.

About Waltham Clock Company of Waltham, Massachusetts.

The various forms of the Waltham Clock and Waltham Watch Companies enjoyed a solid reputation for making quality clocks. It was first established in Waltham, Massachusetts in January of 1897 as the Waltham Clock Company in Waltham, Massachusetts. Their products were excellent quality, first selling primarily hall clocks, shelf clocks and then wall clocks. In 1913 they sold out to the watch making giant Waltham Watch but continued to make clocks under the Waltham Clock name until 1923 when the name was changed to the Waltham Watch and Clock Company. In 1925 the name was again changed, this time to the Waltham Watch Co. It is reported that pendulum clock production ended sometime around 1930.

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