Robert Hynes Pembroke, MA. A Willard style timepiece or banjo clock. 220047.

This modern wall clock is commonly called a banjo clock today. The form was invented and patented by our country’s most famous clockmaker, Simon Willard in Boston, MA in 1802. This clock, offered here, was made in 2006 and was the 26th example Hynes made in that year. It is a copy of the early Willard version having cross-banded frames and geometric designed tablets. The movement is constructed in brass, powered by a lead weight. This timepiece is designed to run 8-days on a full wind. The front plate is die-stamped ROBERT J. HYNES / PEMBROKE, MASS, and is numbered 1941. The escapement is a recoil.

The case is constructed in mahogany. The case stamp of 24 is located on the lower section of the throat frame and also on one of the glue blocks in the lower case. The number 06 is also stamped on a glue block in the same area. The tablet frames are cross-banded and inlaid. These are fitted with reverse painted tablets that are faithful to the original Willard design. They are skillfully executed and painted by Tom Moberg. These are so signed on the back of the lower glass. The painted metal dial is also signed with the Clockmaker’s name. This reads, _Robert J. Hynes / PEMBROKE, MA.” The solid brass bezel is fitted with glass. The side arms and the eagle finial are also brass.  

Robert Hynes worked with first with Elmer Stennes and then later with Foster Campos. He continued the Campos business after his death.  

This fine example is approximately 36 inches tall. It is complete, all original and in excellent condition.



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