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2890M Marlborough
April 29, 2016 10:00 AMCalender

Reuben Tower Patent Timepiece with Alarm or "Banjo" Clock

Auction: Clocks, Watches & Scientific Instruments - 2890M Location: Marlborough Date / Time: April 29, 2016 10:00AM


Reuben Tower Patent Timepiece with Alarm or "Banjo" Clock, Hingham, Massachusetts, c. 1820, timepiece-form mahogany case with wooden bezel over the painted iron Roman numeral dial faintly inscribed R. Tower/Hingham, engraved brass alarm disk with Arabic numerals, pierced steel hands, alarm bell and brass finial mounted above, half-rounded frames enclose reverse-painted tablets all with mustard background, the waist with gold leaf floral decoration, the box with gold leaf eagle and Federal shield, eight-day time and integral alarm movement with recoil escapement regulated by a pendulum and powered by lead time and alarm weights, ht. 34 in.
Estimate $2,500-4,500

Both glasses appear to be original, dial is original with faint, in places illegible, signature, ultra violet lamp proves very useful to read full signature, alarm mechanical elements are complete and original, including the bell and finial, refinished case.

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