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Banjo clock


Object number

RIF4616

Maker

Casemaker attributed to John Young, 1797 - 1884
Clockmaker David Williams, 1769 - 1823

Dimensions

Height: 86.04 x 25.4 x 8.41 cm (33 7/8 x 10 x 3 5/16 in.); Height, movement: 10.795 cm (4 1/4 in.)

Date

ca. 1820

Current location

Private collection

Geography

Made in Newport, Rhode Island
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Medium

Mahogany

Marks

"D. Williams, Horologist, Providence," in paint, on dial

Inscriptions

"Patent," in paint, on throat glass

Style

Federal

Provenance

Private collection

Notes

Movement: 8-day brass “A frame” timepiece

Bibliography

Paul J. Foley, Willard's Patent Time Pieces: A History of the Weight-Driven Banjo Clock, 1800–1900 (Norwell, Mass.: Roxbury Village Publishing, 2002), 89–90, fig. 203–206.
Patricia E. Kane et al., Art and Industry in Early America: Rhode Island Furniture, 1650–1830, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2016), 413–414, no. 96, fig. 1.