Lemuel Curtis of Concord, MA. "Warranted By L. Curtis" A wall timepiece or banjo clock.-SOLD-
A Lemuel Curtis Timepiece from Concord, Massachusetts.
This is a fine Federal Massachusetts timepiece or “Banjo clock” made in Concord, Massachusetts circa 1820 by Lemuel Curtis.
This is an outstanding example. The case is constructed in mahogany and features flat frames that are mahognay and crossbanded with rosewood. These frames are fitted with reverse painted or egloimise tablets. The tablets are original to this clock and are done in excellent colors. The lower tablet depicts a nautical scene entitled in a deep red banner, "The Constitution's Escape." USS Constitution encountered a british squadron in January of 1812 as it was enroute from the Chesapeake Bay North to New York. Out numbereed, the Constitution out manuvered their adversary for three days and escaped to Boston. The depiction of this short engagement is protrayed on calm seas and a pink sky overhead. It is framed in a floral decorarted green border. An opening has been left open in the sky in order to view the motion of the brass faced pendulum bob. This area is decorated with a fine cross hatched pattern. The throat tablet is also colorfully painted decorated. The pattern displayed here is a traditional theme and is skillfully executed.
The finial, the bezel, and the side arms are brass. The bezel which is fitted with glass opens to a painted dial that is signed by the Maker "Warranted by L. Curtis." This iron dial features Arabic style hour numerals and a traditonal Concord gold ring.
Behind this dial, is a brass movement that is weight driven and is designed to run approximately eight days on a full wind. The movement is set into a Concord style case having a very distinctive cutout in the head. It is mounted to the back of the case with a single screw. The bridge and the pendulum tie-down are a butterfly which is the tradition of this Maker. working in Concord, Massachusetts. The case lead weight features a duck bill style hook.
This clock measures approximately 33.25 inches long overall, wide at the lower box and inches deep.
About Lemuel Curtis of Concord, Massachusetts
Lemuel Curtis was born in Roxbury, MA in 1790. He died in New York on June 17, 1857. Lemuel had two brothers who were also involved with clockmaking. He was the nephew of Aaron Willard and probably trained with Simon Willard in Roxbury. He was a terrific clockmaker and the inventor of the Girandole. For and in depth description of his clockmaking activity, please read Paul Foley’s book, “Willard’s Patent Time Pieces.”
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