Unsigned Boston, Mass. large banjo regulator, possibly attibuted to Willard, 8 day, weight driven brass movement with maintaining power
CONDITION: Refinished mahogany case in nice condition. The dial is "Simon Willard & Son", but it is a replacement. This timepiece is attributed to Willard as the movement has through bolts, shaped pillars and a T-bridge escapement. Both tablets are replaced as this type of regulator clock would have had black and gilt glasses. Original hands and a heavy bob with a gilt rod.
ESTIMATE: $2000 - $3000
PRICE SOLD: $2400
DIMENSIONS: 50in x 18.75in x 6.25in
Unsigned, probably Willard family, Boston, Mass. 8 day, weight driven brass movement patent or banjo timepiece. From the early characteristics of the case and movement this timepiece was likely made by Simon or Aaron Willard.
CONDITION: Mahogany and mahogany veneered case in an old finish in very nice condition. This a very early clock as the bottom box is dovetailed together. The throat frame has a small piece of mahogany missing at the top right screw hole and a small repair at the left corner. One piece mahogany backboard. Throat frame attaches to the case with four fine thread brass screws. T-bridge step train brass movement attaches to the case with through bolts. Both tablets are nicely done replacements. Original painted dial has some loss at the mountings pins and a couple spots on the edge. Sidearms are replaced. Dial attaches to the case with three L-turns. Original hands. Period winding key.
ESTIMATE: $1200 - $1500
PRICE SOLD: $2400
DIMENSIONS: 32in x 9.75in x 3.25in
E. Howard & Co., Boston, Mass., 8 day, weight driven brass movement reissue presentation patent or banjo timepiece.
CONDITION: Mahogany and gilt case in fine condition with original tablets, dial, hands and pendulum. The finial is missing. Signed movement is stamped: "1810" and "7".
ESTIMATE: $1000 - $1200
PRICE SOLD: $600
DIMENSIONS: 37.5in x 10.75in x 4in
Samuel Abbott, Boston, Mass. and Montpelier, Vermont, 8 day, time and alarm weight driven brass movement patent or banjo timepiece.
CONDITION: Refinished mahogany and mahogany veneered case has some age cracks in the throat frame and bottom door veneer. Original painted dial has had the numbers and signature restored and now has a clear coating. The dial is fastened to the case with two L-turns. Both tablets are replaced with with the original cracked lower tablet included. The bottom bracket is probably a later addition. Original time and minute hand. Alarm hand may be replaced. Unusually shaped side arms. Good movement with Abbott's unusual shaped plates.
ESTIMATE: $900 - $1200
PRICE SOLD: $1600
DIMENSIONS: 40.5in x 10.25in x 3.75in
Aaron Willard, Jr., 8 day, weight driven brass movement presentation patent or banjo timepiece.
CONDITION: Refinished mahogany and regilded case in nice condition. Original painted dial has been partially restored by the Dial House with some photos included of the dial before restoration. Both tablets are nicely done on old glass, the lower a colorful rendition showing the Boston State House. Modern finial. Movement is attached to the case with a screw through the backplate. Period hands. A very attractive restored period banjo.
ESTIMATE: $800 - $1200
PRICE SOLD: $1500
DIMENSIONS: 40.5in x 10.5in x 4in
New Hampshire, 8 day, weight driven brass movement box lyre banjo wall timepiece. This example has carving similar to a L. W. Noyes, Nashua, New Hampshire timepiece pictured in "Willard's Patent Time Pieces" by Paul J. Foley, page 136.
CONDITION: Mahogany and mahogany veneered case in nice condition in an old and possibly original finish. Original painted dial has some loss at the mounting pins and some wear in spots to the chapter ring. Original hands. Movement is mounted to the case with two screws through the backplate.
ESTIMATE: $800 - $1000
PRICE SOLD: $1400
DIMENSIONS: 39.5in x 11.75in x 4in
Unsigned, probably Massachusetts, box lyre wall clock, 8 day, weight driven brass movement
CONDITION: This mahogany case and gilt front lyre timepiece.was made by a skilled cabinetmaker. The gilt front has a small chip on the left side top and at the top edge of the bottom bracket. Both original tablets have some restoration in an attempt to correct lifting paint. The person who made this timepiece used a Chelsea movement and had to gouge out the bottom board to allow for the swing of the pendulum. Original dial has light surface scratches. Original hands. The Chelsea movement with the serial No. 183955 dates to 1927.
ESTIMATE: $800 - $1200
PRICE SOLD: $700
DIMENSIONS: 40in x 12.25in x 4.25in
"Warranted by L. Curtis", Concord, Mass., 8 day, weight driven brass movement patent or banjo timepiece with signed dial.
CONDITION: Refinished banded mahogany case in nice condition. The case is early and is a typical Boston style with thin sides to the head and finely made side arms using a pin through the center diamond to attach to the case. Bottom tablet is a replacement. Throat tablet looks original and the throat frame is attached to the case with two screws.The T-bridge movement was originally attached to the case with two through bolts, but is now attached using a center screw through the backplate. Dial is attached to the head with two L-turns. Original hands and old finial. Dial has been repainted and so it is impossible to determine if "Warranted by L. Curtis" signature was original or added later. The signature is not expertly executed, but may have been an attempt to copy a faint, worn signature. This clock's early features makes us think if one was to put a spurious name on the dial it would have been Simon Willard rather than L. Curtis.
ESTIMATE: $700 - $900
PRICE SOLD: $1100
DIMENSIONS: 29.75in x 10in x
Massachusetts, an unusual hanging timepiece, possibly Attleboro school, the mahogany case with bowling pin shape and molded bottom bracket, the door with black and gold reverse painted glass, with three lobed aperture for viewing the pendulum, 12 1/2" turned wooden bezel, roman numeral white painted dial, blued steel moon hands, 8 day timepiece movement with trapezoidal plates and dead beat escapement, brass clad pendulum with black painted wooden rod, and cast iron weight
CONDITION: case refinished, molded bottom bracket replaced, tablet repainted, and with flaking and inpainting, curved rail above door reattached, bezel glass replaced, dial with inpainted losses and six extra holes in dial edge, minute hand with bends, movement very oily, escapement functional, excessive outside drop, pendulum rod replaced
ESTIMATE: $700 - $1000
PRICE SOLD: $550
DIMENSIONS: 35.75in x 12.5in x 4in
Possibly Jonathan Billings, Acton, Mass., a striking patent timepiece or banjo clock, mahogany and mahogany veneered case of standard banjo design, gilt, rope molded frames with reverse painted tablets, cast brass side arms, cast brass bezel with convex glass, and eagle finial above the deep brass bell, roman numeral white painted dial, now with spurious signature of Aaron Willard, 8 day, two train movement with recoil escapement and rack striking, pendulum with wire rod and brass clad bob, and two rectangular lead weights
CONDITION: case appears to be early 19th century, with considerable restoration - case bottom replaced, top with additional cutouts allowing the movement to be removed with bell and hammer in place, gilt frames and glasses replaced, one rope molding on throat panel broken, bezel replaced, side arms replaced, dial now with signature of Aaron Willard, movement complete, and with numerous poor quality repairs, strike and time trains functional, pendulum, pulleys and weights replaced
ESTIMATE: $500 - $700
PRICE SOLD: $3600
DIMENSIONS: 37in x 11.25in x 4.5in