Daniel Munroe Jr. Boston, Massachusetts. A wall timepiece featuring gilt frames. Banjo clock.

This very interesting timepiece was made by Daniel Munroe Jr. of Boston, Massachusetts.

This is a very good example. The clock case is constructed in mahogany and features gilded frames. These frames are some what unusual in that they were never fitted with rope moldings. All of the gilding is original to this example and is in excellent condition. The finial is brass and is mounted on to a shaped mahogany plinth. The bezel is cast in brass. It is decorated with 15 brass balls. This design element is more commonly found on the Girandole form made famous by Lemuel Curtis in Concord. The bezel is also fitted with a convex piece of clear glass which is used to protect the dial. The head of the clock case is constructed with the "Concord cut-out." This design cuts enough wood from the head of the case in order to mount the movement. This suggests that the case was purchased from Daniel’s brother, William Munroe who was still living and working in Concord. The glue blocking placement in the interior of the lower box is consistent to that found in other examples signed by this Maker. The throat frame is mounted to the case. Two screws are used at the bottom of the throat and go through the front of the frame. A tab slides under the dial to keep the top section secure. Brass side arms flank the throat section of the case. These are hand filed, lightly formed and pinned to the case in three locations.

The enameled iron dial is a slightly convex shape. It is hand painted and features a minute track. Roman style numerals mark each hour. The hour and minute hands are made of steel. They feature an interesting shape.

Both of the frames are fitted with paint decorated glass tablets. These egloimise tablets are hand painted with a very high level of skill and are quite colorful. They are in excellent condition having only very minor areas of restoration. The most significant of which is the green border on the lower tablet. This has been redone. The lower tablet depicts an allegorical scene. It is Aurora in her chariot and is so titled. Aurora is the goddess of the dawn. In mythology, she renews herself each day as she flies across the sky announcing the arrival of the sun. Her chariot, fancifully formed is being pulled by two white winged horses. This scene is framed with a border. The center of the tablet is left undecorated so one can view the motion of the pendulum. The brass faced bob will cross behind this opening when it is swinging. Painted radiants originate from this location. The throat decoration is also framed in this same border. The center of the design features a number of colorful floral patterns. The throat tablet is signed by the Clockmaker in the banner located at the bottom. The signature reads, "D. MUNROE."

The time only weight driven movement is an eight-day brass construction design. It it is weight driven and designed to run eight-days on a full wind. The movement construction features large rectangular shaped brass plates. The teeth in the gear train are deeply cut. The pendulum is supported from a T-bridge suspension. The movement is mounted to the back of the case with a single screw that is fastened from the back of the case.

This is very attractive Federal Massachusetts Timepiece or ‘Banjo clock’ was made circa 1815. This clock measures approximately 34 inches long.


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