A fine wall timepiece made by the Waltham Clock Company of Waltham, Massachusetts. This colorful example was retailed by the Philadelphia firm of BAILEY, BANKS & BIDDLE Co., sometime between 1906 and 1914.

This Federal style Massachusetts wall clock is called an “Improved Timepiece” or “Banjo clock.” This fine example was made by the Waltham Clock Company of Waltham, Massachusetts. The movement is signed or die stamped “Waltham Clock Co. U.S.A.” and is numbered “5732.” This serial number suggests that this clock was made sometime before 1906-1914.

The brass movement is mounted to the clock with wood screws that attach the back plate to the case. The movement is weight driven and is designed to run for eight days on a full wind. The quality is outstanding. It features heavy brass plates, finely cut brass gearing, a recoil escapement, maintaining power and a Geneva Stop winding mechanism.

The case is constructed in mahogany and features flat mahogany frames and a carved and shaped mahogany presentation bracket. This design element is fitted with turned wooden balls. (One of the 11 balls is missing on the left back side.) The finish remains in very good condition and appears to be original to this clock.

The tablets are hand painted in color and depict Patriotic themes. The throat panel features an American Eagle clutching a banner in its’ beak and an American shield. The lower tablet also depicts an eagle which is somewhat unusual. This eagle is larger and is centered in the panel. An American shield is positioned on its’ breast. In it’s left claws, are a number of arrows. In its’ right claws are holly branches. The eagle’s head is turned towards the holly. This is a symbolizes peaceful times. The background of both the throat and this tablet is a light blue color. The lower tablets fades to a darker blue as the field moves out to from the center. It is framed with a decorative gilt border. The subject matter depicted in the tablet is very unusual for a Waltham product. The more common themes are naval battles of landscapes.

The top of this case is surmounted by a cast brass eagle finial. The sidearms and bezel are also brass. The bezel opens to a painted iron dial that features fancy Arabic style numerals and the name of the retailer “BAILEY, BANKS & BIDDLE Co.”

This clock measures approximately 43 inches long. It is inventory number 218059.

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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