A fine wall timepiece made by the Waltham Clock Company of Waltham, Massachusetts. UNITED STATES AND MACEDONIAN. D.J. Steele. 221129

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.” It is also numbered “6735.” This serial number suggests that this clock was made sometime about 1916.

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. The finish remains in very good condition and appears to be original to this clock.

The reverse painted tablets are hand painted in excellent colors and demonstrate excellent skill. The use of green is somewhat unual and is very attractive. The throat panel features traditional banjo clock theme. The lower tablet depicts the naval battle between the United States and the Macedonian. This battle took place on 25 October 1812 during the War of 1812. The U.S. heavy frigate United States Commanded by Stephen Decatur engaged and defeated Captain John Surman Carden and the frigate HMS Macedonian near Madeira approximately 500 miles south of the Azores. This was a celebrated American victory. The Macedonian was the first British warship to be captured and brought into an American Harbor during the war. She was towed into Newport, Rhode Island on December 4th amid a crowd that was eager to celebrate the spectacular victory. The Macedonian was renamed the USS Macedonian and served the United States honorably under the U.S. flag. This scene is framed with a decorative gilt border. This tablet is signed by the artist D. J. Steele in the lower left.

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 Roman style hour numerals and the name the company name WALTHAM.

This clock measures approximately 43 inches long and was made circa 1916.

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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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