Waltham wall time piece. Waltham, Massachusetts. A banjo clock.
This is a fine Federal Massachusetts improved timepiece or “Banjo clock” made by the Waltham Company of Waltham, Massachusetts circa 1930. This clock is listed in their catalog as the model No. 1500. It originally sold for $75.00 in the first quarter of the twentieth century.
This is a fine colorful example. The case wood is mahogany and is lightly finished. It features half round or "Torus " mahogany constructed frames and a presentation bracket.
The reverse painted tablets are hand painted in excellent colors and demonstrate a high level of skill. The throat features a traditional theme for this form. It is quite intricate in its design. The lower tablet depicts a romantic mountain view of of a castle on the shore of a lake. A sailboat and a fisherman is depicted in the scene.
The eagle finial, sidearms and bezel are brass. The bezel opens to a painted iron dial that is slightly convex in form and features large Arabic hour numerals and the Makers signature, “Waltham."
The brass movement is mounted to a metal mounting bracket with diagonal positioned screws. The movement is weight driven and is designed to run eight days on a full wind. The quality is outstanding. It features heavy brass plates, a recoil escapement, Geneva stop winding mechanism and maintaining power. T The serial number, "9198" can been found in the upper left hand side of the front plate. The weight is cast in lead and features an internal pulley. This weight is original to this clock.This clock measures approximately 40.5 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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