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Aaron Willard Jr. Alarm Timepiece or "Banjo" Clock

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Clocks, Watches & Scientific Instruments - 2724M
Date / Time :
May 03, 2014 10:00AM


Aaron Willard Jr. Alarm Timepiece or "Banjo" Clock, Boston, Massachusetts, c. 1815, the mahogany case with five-piece backboard, painted iron Roman numeral dial faintly numbered and inscribed ...Willard, Jr., blued-steel barbed hands, top-mounted alarm bell, crossbanded inlaid frames enclosing reverse-painted tablets the waist glass inscribed Patent and flanked with brass side ornaments, the lower glass depicts country scene framed by a red, blue, mustard, and gold scrolled border, eight-day, time and integral alarm, brass movement die stamped at the bottom of the front plate Aaron Willard Jr./Boston., fillister head screws for case attachment, recoil escapement, and alarm train all powered by a period lead weight and regulated by a brass-faced lead-backed pendulum, ht. 33 in.

Note: For additional information on Aaron Willard Jr. see Paul Foley, Willard's Patent Timepieces, pp. 329-330, and for a look at the variety of alarm movements found on his clocks see pp. 143-146.
Estimate $7,000-9,000

Just about perfect: original glasses, dial including signature, all hands, brass hardware including bezel and side ornaments, bell, pendulum and time train weight, lacking alarm weight.

The absence of a condition statement does not imply that the lot is in perfect condition or completely free from wear and tear, imperfections or the effects of aging. Condition requests can be obtained via email (lot inquiry button) or by telephone to the appropriate gallery location (Boston/617.350.5400 or Marlborough/508.970.3000). Any condition statement given, as a courtesy to a client, is only an opinion and should not be treated as a statement of fact. Skinner Inc. shall have no responsibility for any error or omission.


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