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!
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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