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Aaron Willard Jr. Patent Timepiece or "Banjo" Clock with Alarm

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


Aaron Willard Jr. Patent Timepiece or "Banjo" Clock with Alarm, Boston, Massachusetts, c. 1825, mahogany case with alarm bell mounted above, separate weight channel through the waist, Roman numeral painted iron dial, brass alarm disc and blued-steel hands, gilded rope front moldings frame the reverse-painted glasses, the waist flanked by brass side ornaments with stenciled decoration on a red ground, the hinged lower of a steer next to a stream, eight-day time and alarm movement stamped A. Willard Jr./Boston with pendulum, alarm and time lead weights, ht. 32 1/2 in.

Note: Patent timepieces, and shelf and tall clocks carried many variations of alarm movements. For many of these interesting variations please see Paul J. Foley, Willard Patent Timepieces, pp. 141-48.
Estimate $4,000-6,000

Dial and waist glass original and undisturbed, original box glass with minor in-fill, rope front frames with later coat of bronze paint, hands, brass alarm disc and lead weight, brass hardware time weight and pendulum are original, all alarm components intact.

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.


Aaron Willard Jr. Patent Timepiece, blued-steel hands, Massachusetts, A. Willard Jr., Willard Patent Timepieces, Paul J. Foley, bronze paint