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Lemuel Curtis Patent Timepiece "Banjo" Clock

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


Lemuel Curtis Patent Timepiece "Banjo" Clock, Concord, Massachusetts, c. 1815, the mahogany case with painted iron Roman numeral dial signed Warranted by L. Curtis/Concord, blued steel moon hands, gilt "Concord-style" rope moldings frame the reverse-painted glasses, the waist glass flanked by brass side ornaments with silver leaf crosshatching on a red ground and marked Patent within a scroll leaf border, the lower depicting and marked Mount Vernon framed by a stenciled leaf decoration, eight-day timepiece with lead weight and pendulum, ht. 34 in.

Note: For a comprehensive look at Concord timepieces including those of Lemuel Curtis, please see David F. Wood, "Concord Massachusetts Clockmakers, 1811-1831," The Magazine Antiques, May 2001.
Estimate $7,000-9,000

Dial probably relined, both glasses and gilding are original, Original Concord-style rope moldings which is comprised of a gold leaf rope laid in a concave frame, original brass hardware, no significant repairs or replacements on mechanical components.

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Lemuel Curtis, Lemuel Curtis Patent Timepiece, Massachusetts, steel moon hands, Mount Vernon, David F. Wood, brass hardware