Simon Willard & Son. A fine Federal MA wall Timepiece or Banjo Clock made circa 1825. Signed and numbered on the dial. No. 4507. NN29

This fine example features a case that is constructed in mahogany and incorporates half round mahogany frames that are fitted with figured mahogany panels. The veneers selected for this clock are outstanding due to the vibrant patterns exhibited in the grain. A turned mahogany acorn finial is mounted to a finial plinth located at the top of the case. The sides of this case were fitted with brass sidearms. The bezel is brass and is fitted with glass. It opens to allow access to the steel arrow pointed hands and the painted iron dial. This dial is signed by the Clockmakers “Simon Willard & Son.” The signature is in good original condition. This example is also numbered, “No. 4587” on the dial. The time track is formatted with a closed minute circle and displays the hours in Roman style numerals. The time-only weight driven movement is constructed in brass and very good quality. It is designed to run eight-days on a full wind. The rectangular shaped plates support the hardened steel shafts and pinions. The brass gearing is finely cut and the escapement is a recoil design. The movement is secured to the case with two diagonally positioned steel through bolts. It is somewhat unusual for these to still be present with this antique clock. The pendulum is supported by a bridge that is mounted to the front of the movement. The steel pendulum rod is fitted with a brass faced bob.

This clock measures approximately 32.5 inches long overall and was made between 1823 and 1828.


About Simon Willard & Son of Boston, Massachusetts.

Simon Willard Jr., was born on January 13,1795 in Roxbury, Massachusetts. He was an accomplished clock, watch and chronometer maker. He served his first apprenticeship with his father Simon. In 1810 through 1812, he was training with his brother in law John Pond. Pond was a watchmaker working in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. In 1813, Simon Jr. entered the West Point Military Academy and graduated two years later in March. He was commissioned in the Ordnance Corps and sent to the Pittsburgh Arsenal on the Allegheny River in Pennsylvania. In May of 1816, he resigned at the rank of Lieutenant and returned to Roxbury. It is recorded that in 1817, and went into the glassware and Crockery business. On December 6th, 1821, he married Eliza Adams. Together they had seven children. As early as 1823, Simon Jr. was in business with his father as Simon Willard & Son. In 1826-27, Simon Jr, moved to New York City in order to train as a chronometer maker under the guidance of Dominick Eggert. When he returned from his apprenticeship in chronometer making, he set up his own shop on No. 9 Congress Street in Boston. Here he became very successful as a merchant and a chronometer repairman. He was famous among sea captains and sailors as a weather prophet. Simon Jr., was a talented person and financially successful.

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