Lot 334

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Federal gilt banjo clock signed A. Willard Boston, circa 1820, typical banjo clock form with eagle finial on plinth over cast-brass bezel, painted dial, reverse-painted throat glass and door with "Victory on Lake Champlain" scene, brass side arms and gilded ripple molding; the dial signed: "A. Willard, Boston".
H30" +4" finial W10" D4"

Provenance: Purchased at DuMouchelle's Auction, Detroit, Michigan, 1993.
Charlotte, North Carolina private collection.

Other Notes: Case and movement construction would indicate that the clock was probably made by Aaron Willard, Jr. Single post suspension versus T-bridge, recoil escapement, center bolt movement mounting, elliptical case head, 5-board mahogany back are several details for this attribution.
A curious detail about this case is the maker departing from the more common twist-rope decoration on throat frame and door, instead using a ripple molding.

  • Finial replaced, dial signature strengthened, cast brass side-arms with slight deformities, losses to original gilding, glass may be old replacements, bottom board replaced, bottom door latch replaced, movement in running order however we do not guarantee timepieces to be operational after they leave the gallery

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December 4, 2010 10:00 AM EST
West Columbia, SC, US

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