Foster Campos of Pembroke, Massachusetts. A reproduction Girandole Timepiece. 216075

This is an outstanding of a reproduction Girandole Wall Timepiece made by Foster Campos of Pembroke, Massachusetts. This form was made famous by the Concord Massachusetts Clockmaker, Lemuel Curtis.

In 1802, Lemuel Curtis was an apprentice of the Willards in Boston. In 1811, Curtis moved to Concord and set up shop as a Clockmaker who specialized in timepieces. Over the years he made several improvements in the Willards original design. Examples of which are the single screw movement mounting system and changes to the clocks suspension. His ultimate achievement would have to be the design of this Girandole form. However, this form was not a financial success and as a result, a small number of clocks were originally produced. A fair number of these original clocks are in the collections of the Country’s best Museums. Many individuals and some companies have since made reproductions of this form. Some of the more prolific makers of the form include The Waltham Clock Company, Elmer Stennes and Foster Campos. This is a very attractive copy of the original form.

This wonderful example in is outstanding original condition. It is a very colorful example. This is important to note because the quality of these clocks can vary greatly from one example to the next. The condition of the gilding and the colors in the reverse painted tablets are much better than most.

This case is constructed in mahogany. It is die-stamped with the Maker’s code on the lower frame. It reads "4" – "04." This suggested that it was the fourth clock made in 2004. The rich brown coloring of the wood can be best seen on the sides of the case. The applied sidearms and the bezel are brass. (The sidearms are the decorations that are fitted to the sides of the case. The bezel forms the door that allows one access to the dial.) The frames that hold the two reverse painted tablets, the carved wooden eagle finial and the ornately formed presentation bracket are wonderfully gilded in gold leaf. The condition of the gilding is excellent. The reverse painted tablets are done in very good colors. Both pieces of glass are a convex form. The throat features a traditional and intricate theme. In the banner it reads "Patent." The bottom circular tablet depicts a harbor scene that depicts several ships, buildings and a lighthouse out on a point. The coloring of the sky is welcoming. This is a wonderful glass. The vast majority of the reproductions feature the "Aurora" scene. A clear convex piece of glass is fitted into the brass bezel. This protects the painted dial.

The dial is painted on metal and features the the Maker's signature and working location. The holes in the dial for winding the clock and for the center arbor are decorated with a fancy design. The format of this dial is done in the traditional Concord format having a gold ring or band positioned inside the time ring. The hours are formatted with large Arabic style numerals. The hands are a traditional Curtis form having concentric circles and barbed pointers.

The brass movement was made by C. A. Lenderman. It is mounted to the clock with a single screw that attaches the back plate to the case. This movement is weight driven and is designed to run for eight days on a full wind. The Weight is die stamped, "FOSTER CAMPOS." Steel shafts support brass gearing and hardened pinions. The escapement is a recoil format. The front plate is die-stamped with the retailer’s name working location and the number "4" in the upper right corner. It is also numbered "1714" on the right. The brass faced pendulum bob is nicely decorated.

This is truly a wonderful example of a beautiful clock. The overall length measures approximately 45 inches in length and is 12.5 inches wide. This clock is inventory number 216075.


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