Waltham Watch & Clock Company of Waltham, Massachusetts. A Federal style Massachusetts wall timepiece.

This is one of the most attractive case forms that the Waltham companies offered. The case is constructed in mahogany and is visually supported by a traditionally designed presentation bracket. This example is fitted with eight turned wooden balls. The flat mahogany frames are cross-banded in “Tulip” wood which is light in it’s coloring. The contrast between the darker mahogany and the honey tinted tulip wood is an excellent detail and makes this a special model. These frames support the glass tablets which are hand painted in very good colors. The throat section depicts Patriotic themes that include an American eagle with outstretched wings and an American shield. The lower tablet depicts a view of the Boston State House and is so titled. The colors are excellent and both tablets are original to the clock. The eagle finial, sidearms and bezel are brass. The bezel opens to a painted iron dial featuring Arabic numerals and Maker’s name, “Waltham.”

This is a fine example. The brass movement is mounted with diagonal positioned through bolts to a metal mounting bracket. The movement is weight driven and is designed to run eight days on a full wind. The quality is outstanding. The movement features heavy brass plates, maintaining power and a Geneva stop winding mechanism. The front plate is die-stamped with the Maker’s name in the upper right corner. It is also numbered 8476 on the left.

This fine Federal style Massachusetts improved timepiece or “Banjo clock” was made by the Waltham Watch & Clock Company of Waltham, Massachusetts circa 1923-25. This clock is listed in their catalog as the model No. 1546. It originally sold for $75.00 in the first quarter of the twentieth century.

This clock is 40.5 inches long overall.

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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