Condition: Very good with only the most minor imperfections
Additional Information: A fine example of a Simon Willard banjo clock and dates to about 1808-10.
Decorative frames such as these are extremely uncommon and add much visual appeal to the clock. We
handled a similar example many years ago but have only seen a few others. The lunette inlay relates to the
work of the Seymour cabinet shop [Boston], craftsmen who are known to have made cases for many
Willard clocks. The case contains T-bridge, through-bolted Willard type movement. The dial in nice
condition, with minor touch-up to the numerals and possibly the inner black line (which we think was added,
as this model usually does not have that line). Both glasses are very handsome. They are original with
acceptable minor touch-up and scattered losses that do not distract. The weight and pendulum are both
period and appear original. The period finial is of appropriate form and is likely original. The case was long-
ago refinished and appears to have had a dark finish at some point. Minor adjustment has been made to
the inside lower frame to compensate for shrinkage which we can make perfect. The case displays very
nice color and patina.
This is a gorgeous clock! We are confident that it is an excellent clock for the money, a handsome
timepiece at a very fair price. These do not often present themselves at auction with original glasses,
making it is difficult to track auction prices. Most examples have replaced or repainted glasses and sell for
much less. A Simon Willard with comparable glasses, was sold a year ago at Sotheby’ s. It was made a few
years later and featured a more desirable case, with exceptional carved finial and lower bracket… it sold for
$37,500.00, an indication of how collectors appreciate good glasses. That which was sold by Skinner
[Crom Collection] in 2009, lot 118… sold for $47,400.00
The clock itself is original and complete, it is mounted on a carved bracket that may or
may not be original. The clock is consigned by a Netherlands owner who purchased it in
the little town south of Paris.
(Clock Dimensions: 8.25" x 5" x 5"; Shelf Dimensions: 12" x 9" x 5.75")
Numerous stylistic attributes relate this clock to other documented Titcomb & Bellamy
works, principally the arrangement of masonic symbols, the telltale treatment of the
Masonic G, the compass, stars, globes, pilasters, and their Corinthian capitals. Other
shop traditions include the horizonal “X” pattern carved in the base molding, and the
wings centering the dial. The stock thickness and weight are constant with the firm’s
oeuvre. This timepiece is unique whereas it is the only known example of this size.
Because of its proportions and the clockwork, it is probable that it was made to serve as
a personal alarm clock rather than a clock employed by a Masonic lodge.
Bellamy served as designer for the Titcomb & Bellamy firm which employed
apprentices and assistants in the manufacturing of Masonic themed brackets, frames,
and clock cases…Bellamy’s original conceptions and designs. Pieces were initially
machine cut before artisans made more detailed cuts with hand tools. From analysis of
this clock it is determined John Haley Bellamy was responsible for executing the
finishing surface cuts and carvings making the clock so special.
This clock was chosen to be featured within Bold & Brash – The Art of John Haley
Bellamy, a major retrospective of Bellamy’s art and woodcarving career at Discover
Portsmouth  For additional information and comparisons see American Eagle –
The Bold Art & Brash Life of John Haley Bellamy by James A. Craig.
[Height: 11.5"; width: 10"; depth: 2.75"]
Mahogany case…throat glass (eglomise) is original, the reverse painted tablet within pendulum box
doorframe is restored…the gilding appears to be original. The dial was likely restored during the 19th
century. These timepieces by Bailey rarely if ever present themselves for sale. (Height to finial: 34.5")
The case with shaped crest and original brass eagle finial over the upper Eglomise panel inscribed "Aaron Willard/Boston" within elliptical reserve; in front of the dished dial having a white painted face is the original Eglomise plate decorated with American shields and oak leaf motif. The lower case with central mirrored medallion is said to have been enameled black by a family mourning the death of Robert Gould Shaw in 1863. The case containing a weight driven, brass eight-day movement is often referred to as a "dish dial" shelf clock.
The case, made of the best mahogany, retains its original surface with a rich, warm patina; and continues to a cushion molded base resting on turned brass feet. The case is die stamped on the dust board “619", a very identifiable detail commonly found in Boston timepieces whose cases were made by Henry Willard, Aaron Willard Juniors brother-who worked within the Willard clock-making compound at Boston.
The dial, hands, pendulum; winding crank and movement are all original with the surface of the dial remaining in very good condition with only minor, as expected losses. We cannot read the lettering on left side of hands; on the right, clearly inscribed is the name “Robert Gould Shaw”. The movement is complete, and in excellent condition.
(Loss of scroll to crest which we are able to expertly restore; H: 36”)
We have other information related to purported provenance which at this time is supposition. Please call for additional information.
Dunning (1795-1841) was born in Brunswick, Maine, he began his career in Concord, Massachusetts in partnership with Lemuel Curtis, where they produced many fine clocks. The pair moved to Burlington, Vermont in 1821, where Dunning continued his career after the partnership dissolved in 1832.
Mahogany case, outstanding wood selection, flat moldings joined by corner blocks enclosing the crotch mahogany tablets in the throat and door, brass bezel and side arms; painted iron dial signed below the center arbor; J.N. Dunning, Roman numerals. Brass eight-day, timepiece, weight-driven and regulated by a pendulum. Gilt finial likely replaced, else fine. (Very good original condition; 34 by 10")
The R. & J.B. Terry partnership was short-lived; they were in business for two years. This example, a true triple-decker features a carved and gilt eagle pediment above the pierced dial-aperture glazed with silvered mirror glass. The dial, with Arabic numerals has been restored; restoration to chapter ring and dial center. The mahogany veneered case, in three sections is flanked by ebonized and gilt columns; top and bottom turned and split; the middle section features full tapered columns. The glasses are original; some in-painting; seen through the scalloped roundel in middle section is a reverse painting on glass, depicted is Andrew Jackson. The case is raised on slightly protruding base resting on gilt ball feet. Minor imperfections include some paint and gilding restoration. This attractive clock which measures 37 by 17 by 5 1/8" is in running condition.
Original glasses and putty, faux smoked decoration, retains good label
A mahogany containing 30-hour movement; case with carved gesso and gilded fruit basket splat, turned, gilded and smoke grained columns flanking the painted wooden dial with Roman numerals features gilt spandrels and open dial center displaying strap movement. The dial section surmounted by a carved, gesso and gilt fruit basket; centered by faux grained half columns with gilded capitals. The mid-section features an outstanding reverse-painted tablet flanked by free standing gilt columns, lower section with faux smoked half columns and door framing the excellent reverse-painted tablet. The printed maker's label remains intact. The carved and gesso pediment with shrinkage cracks; dial with shrinkage fissures; lower glass tablet cracked at upper-right; missing ball feet. All else fine.
(H: 35.75"; W: 17"; D: 5")
Seated figure of Franklin with scientific apparatus surmounting base inset with enameled dial and gilt brass mounts; the dial signed Mercier.
(Movement is missing bell, bezel on reverse is without glass: 22”, W: 14”, D: 7”)
The cast iron case in the form of a black woman; thirty-hour lever escapement, paper dial; mechanical drive providing automaton motion to the eyes which move up and down following the action of escapement. Old repaint now with dry patina; clock doesn't run; screw missing from left boot; ready and worthy of restoration.
This example surmounted by a large bell atop which is a tall and elegant finial...above the pierced and engraved dolphin and floral frets cornered by sophisticated finials. Centering the engraved, enameled and silvered chapter ring that is somewhat wider than its earlier cousins is the dial center with full coverage engraving being of leafy Rocco design. The chapter ring is signed either side of the numeral VI-Will Risbridger-Dorking. This mechanically fine clock is raised on robust feet and stands at 15.25".
The engraved and shaped arched dial, ball feet, and beautifully turned heavy pillars suggest that this clock was made between 1730 and 1760; perhaps in Germany or Austria. The base of back-plate is rather crudely engraved-B London-perhaps an owner. There is an old repair to pendulum; hands may be old replacements with all else fine including movement. (Height: 5.25"; width: 3.25"; depth: 1.5".)
Roman numeral chapter ring with quarter and half hour markings, single steel hand, thirty-hour, weight-powered, time and alarm movement, strapped bell, verge escapement with short pendulum. The time train with some restoration; in running condition, but may need overhaul. (Dimensions: 8.25" H, 4" W, 5" D.)
Marble dial remains in excellent condition as does the white painted case housing the eight-day weight driven timepiece; internal hand counter-balance, Geneva stop, recoil escapement; large black open trefoil hands. (28 by 28 by 5")
This attractive banjo clock features a rare alarm movement with outside bell mounted at the crest. The frames each contain magnificent original painted glass tablets in exceptional condition. The throat glass is exceptional with outstanding and important foliate and scroll motif with fanciful flourishes above a basket of fruit and the word "patent: within a scroll festooned with Rocco style decoration...the red, gold, blue and sepia decoration is all the more forceful against the mustard ground. The lower glass is decorated with the deity Aurora driving a team of winged horses, within a gilt border against the conforming mustard ground. Note the definition of Aurora's face and the incredible detail of the chariot as related to color and fancy ornamentation. The chariot is positioned before a powerful explosion of light rays and roiling clouds as it floats on ethereal clouds that ground the composition.
The movement is signed with a die stamp at the upper right on the front plate "A. Willard Jr / Boston". Very few movements are signed. The case retains a dry surface with fine old patina. Height Overall 32 1/8"
The original brass movement has been serviced and is in good running order. The alarm mechanism has been expertly restored. The alarm hand and weight are replaced with exact copies from original examples. The bell is period but not original to this clock. The original dial has restoration to the infield.
This small British timepiece with arch dial and applied Rocco spandrels centered by a silvered disk engraved with makers name within the arch. The face, also with lovely cast Rocco spandrels surrounding the engraved and enameled chapter ring that frames the dial center which is decorated by a double quietly elegant trailing vines and foliate engraving in the center of which is the alarm setting disk. This clock is sold with a hanging shelf of undetermined age; for display and use as depicted. Mechanically fine and having a height of 8.5".
As depicted, an elegant shelf clock, the dial with raised gilt spandrels; raised gilt ornamentation within chapter ring. This attractive time piece has typical restoration including feet, reverse painted tablet, and other minor imperfections.
Dimensions: 31.25" high, 17.25" wide, 4.5" deep.
The domed molded crest above silvered register having engraved barometer and thermometer. The paper label reads- The Standard / The Storm King / Barometer / Manufactured / And Sold by / E. C. Spooner / Boston. Some very minor silver loss and slight staining on paper otherwise very good. (Length: 41.5".)
593-22 - SOLD
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