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HWD-868
$4,250
Early Elmer O. Stennes Lyre Banjo
with Chelsea Movement

Early Elmer O. Stennes Lyre Banjo with Chelsea Movement  ~ Antique Clocks Guy

Early Elmer O. Stennes Lyre Banjo with Chelsea Movement  ~ Antique Clocks Guy

Ship From So. CA

Early Elmer O. Stennes Lyre Banjo with Chelsea Movement  ~ Antique Clocks Guy

 

If you're not familiar with intriguing Elmer O. Stennes story, then you're in for a heckuva read as you check out his history, wonderfully written by Jean Schinto, and used here with her permission.

This is an early Stennes lyre banjo from the period when he was salvaging movements from Chelsea and E. Howard clocks, prior to his relationship with long-term supplier, Kilbourne-Proctor.

When they were setting up the movement manufacturing business in 1971, Kilbourne and Proctor approached Elmer Stennes. He encouraged them and subsequently entered into an agreement to purchase a percentage of their production. They were delighted to have a large customer and Stennes needed them because he had run out of Howard and Chelsea movements and it was becoming increasingly difficult to find clocks that he could salvage for the movements.

This clock has a high-quality and very desirable Chelsea movement. The reverse-painted (eglomisé) throat glass is in spectacular condition. This is one of at least two different lyre glass designs used by Stennes, complete with the famous bumblebee that is tucked away in the lyre and often found on the dial of traditionally shaped Stennes banjo clocks (it is rumored that Stennes had beekeeping as a hobby).

Physical: The stunning mahogany case, which measures approximately 11.25"w x 41"h x 4.25"d, is in excellent physical condition and has the original finish. As with all Stennes cases, great attention-to-detail was paid to every part of the case. Note the birch back in the pendulum photo; no corners cut, even there.

The painted 7.5" diameter dial is original to the clock, as are the unusual hands (note the physical depth of the individual hands). As with the rest of the clock, all are in excellent physical condition.

Mechanical: The eight-day weight-driven signed Chelsea movement was recently professionally serviced and is in excellent running condition. The weight is signed by Stennes.

Comments: Fabulous clock with a "time-to-tell-a-story" overture that goes with it. People who visit your home or office will be intrigued with the story; you'll be delighted with its beauty and timekeeping excellence. Now it is your turn: pull the trigger and give us a call!

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Description

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Front Right
Head
Throat - 1
Throat - 2
Base
Dial - 1
Dial - 2
Pendulum
Movement

Reference

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WMD-1228
$2,450
Waltham Presentation Banjo Clock, c.1930

 Waltham Presentation Banjo Clock, c.1930 ~ Antique Clocks Guy

 Waltham Presentation Banjo Clock, c.1930 ~ Antique Clocks Guy

Ship From So. CA

Waltham presentation banjo clocks are becoming harder to find as they are extremely appealing and families tend to hold on to them. We are delighted to have this one to offer for your serious consideration. It features an unnamed American/British battle scene as was typical on banjo clocks of the 1800s and early 1900s.

Interesting to note on this clock the two "baskets"below the ships in the tablet painting. The one on the right, under the American vessel is turned upright; the one under the British flagship, is turned upside-down. The reverse-glass artist must've had a wonderful giggle over this one!

 Waltham Presentation Banjo Clock, c.1930 ~ Antique Clocks Guy

Physical: The mahogany case, which measures 42"h x 10.5"w x 4"d features the original finish and is in absolutely beautiful condition as you can see from the photos. The throat and tablet glasses are original and in excellent condition. The dial retains its original paint and is in excellent condition. The gilding on the finial as well as the eagle itself are original to the case.

Mechanical:
The eight-day, time-only, weight-driven movement with "engine-turned" plates is signed and original to the case with serial number 8137. We know of no data that tie Waltham serial numbers to manufacturing date ranges, but this clock is circa 1930. The movement, which has just been cleaned, lubricated and re-strung, is in excellent running order and has the original weight and pendulum with tie-down.

Comments: Nice clock. Wonderful American naval battle scene. Great conversation piece waiting for a special place in your home or office.

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Description

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Front View
Front Left
Upper Section
Upper Left
Midsection
Lower Section

Ta
blet/Base
Tablet Back
Dial
Pendulum Bob
Movement
- 1
Movement - 2




RBL-202
$2,895
Waltham's Pattern Gold-Leafed Banjo, c.1930

“Waltham's Pattern” Gold-Leafed Banjo, c.1930 ~ Antique Clocks Guy

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(original catalogue drawing)

 

Here's a classic gilded Waltham banjo from the 1930s era, reminiscent of a much earlier period in American clockmaking. The small writing on the front of the tablet says, "Waltham's Pattern".

Physical: The gold-leafed mahogany case, which measures 10.25"w x 41"h x 4.125"d is in excellent overall condition. There is some gesso flaking from the back of the finial, most of which has been secured with glue, and it can be turned to the back where it is not readily visible. The Waltham-signed 7" dial bears the original paint and is in very good (age-appropriate) condition.

Mechanical: The eight-day, weight-driven, time-only movement with deadbeat escapement and retaining-power has been professionally overhauled and is in excellent running
order.

Comments:
This is not a model we've seen before. Very attractive clock, ready for that special place in your home or office.

Questions?
Contact us by phone at
, or e-mail.

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Description

View

Front View
Front Left
Front Right
Head
Finial Front

Dial
Pendulum
Tablet
Tablet Back
Throat
Base

Reference

Ly, T.D., American Clocks - I, 1989, p.247

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