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Mahogany Shelf Patent Timepiece or "Banjo" Clock by Charles Babbitt

Auction:
2431
Lot:
344A
Sold for:
$6,518$5,500

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Auction:
American Furniture & Decorative Arts - 2431
Location:
Boston
Date / Time :
November 01, 2008 3:00PM

Description:

Mahogany Shelf Patent Timepiece or "Banjo" Clock by Charles Babbitt, Taunton, Massachusetts, c. 1850, glazed wooden bezel over the 7 3/4 in. iron painted dial with Arabic numerals and signed Charles Babbitt Taunton, hinged waist section with bird's-eye maple panel enclosed within diamond pattern stringing, base with bird's-eye maple panel framed by complicated dart pattern inlay, eight-day brass time-only movement mounted on a seating board and attached to backboard by through bolts, cast iron weight and pendulum rod with central regulating assembly accessible through waisted section, ht. 35 1/2 in.

Note: This unusual patent timepiece variation is perhaps unique and known only by this example from this southeastern Massachusetts maker.
Estimate $4,000-6,000

Case is refinished, movement in overhauled condition, mounted on an original pine backing spacer for movement depth adjustment, some relining on numerals, signature in original condition.

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Massachusetts, Charles Babbitt Taunton, Charles Babbitt, Taunton, Taunton, Massachusetts

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