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3595T Marlborough
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Massachusetts Striking Patent Timepiece or "Banjo" Clock

Auction: Clocks, Watches & Scientific Instruments - 3595T Location: Marlborough Date / Time: April 20, 2021 12:00PM


Massachusetts Striking Patent Timepiece or "Banjo" Clock, attributed to Jonathan Billings, c. 1825, stepped brass bezel enclosing the 8 1/2-in. dia. roman numeral painted iron dial, barbed arrow hands, rope-turned gilt frames, reverse-painted tablets, lower tablet depicting a street scene, throat tablet reading "Willard's Patent," eight-day time and strike round-top plate three-pillar movement, with recoil escapement, butterfly bridge, and side-mounted bell, single piece pine backboard, regulated by a brass-faced pendulum and two lead weights, ht. 43 in.

Literature: Similar examples pictured and described in Paul J. Foley Willard's Patent Time Pieces, A History of the Weight-driven Banjo Clock 1800-1900, pp. 152-53, 2002.
Estimate $2,000-3,000

glasses appear to be original with scattered paint loss, no additional holes in backboard indicating movement is correct for case, pediment is period, dial old re-paint.

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Paul J. Foley, Willard, Jonathan Billings