AUCTION : 1019

Lots 812- 815: Early Banjo Wall Clocks including J. Billings, Philadelphia, Vermont, Maine

Lot#: 812

DESCRIPTION: Jonathan Billings, Reading & Acton, Mass., "Striking Banjo" wall clock 8 day, time and strike on internal bell, two weight driven, skeletonized brass movement in mahogany case with gold leafed throat frame and reverse painted throat and lower tablets with painted metal dial
CONDITION: the case retains its original finish with darkened gold leaf and the lower door a possible replacement. The skeletonized movement has interesting heart and diamond cutouts. Both original glasses are cracked. The dial is repainted
ESTIMATE: $2000 - $3000
PRICE SOLD: $2400
CIRCA: 1830
DIMENSIONS: 31.5in x 10.5in x 4in

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Lot#: 813

DESCRIPTION: Nathan Atherton, Jr., Philadelphia, Penn., 8 day, weight regulated by a pendulum brass movement patent or banjo timepiece.
CONDITION: Refinished mahogany and birds eye veneered panels have shrinkage cracks to the mahogany banding. Original painted dial has some slight loss at the winding arbor and a couple small inpainted areas. Very unusual and ornate brass hands. Movement is attached to the case using taper pins through posts screwed into the backplate.
ESTIMATE: $1200 - $1500
PRICE SOLD: $1100
CIRCA: 1830
DIMENSIONS: 34in x 9.75in x 3.25in

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Lot#: 814

DESCRIPTION: J(eremiah) Dewey, Chelsea, Vermont, 8 day, weight driven regulated by a pendulum brass movement "coffin" wall clock.
CONDITION: The wood that makes up the front of the case looks to be walnut and has remains of an original finish. Original dial has been restored. Dewey was known to make movements with skeletonized plates as is the original movement in this case. Period hands and pendulum.
ESTIMATE: $1000 - $1500
PRICE SOLD: $2400
CIRCA: 1825
DIMENSIONS: 35in x 10.25in x 4.5in

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Lot#: 815

DESCRIPTION: James Cary, Brunswick, Maine, 8 day, weight driven regulated by a pendulum brass movement banjo wall timepiece.
CONDITION: The grain painted soft wood case (probably pine or popular) with original finish has a couple wear spots at the lower left edge. The period dish dial has darkened over time. The numerals and signature are restored. The dial fits the case in that the two existing holes match the mounting holes in the case, but the dial may have come from another clock as there are cutoff mounting dial pillars on the back. However, Cary may have altered an unused pillared dial to use when making this clock. Original hands and pendulum.
ESTIMATE: $1000 - $1200
PRICE SOLD: $1400
CIRCA: 1830
DIMENSIONS: 32in x 10in x 5in

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