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Banjo clock

Object number



formerly attributed to David Williams, 1769–1823
Clockmaker Job B. Wilbour
possibly by John Young, 1797–1884


41 10 3 3/4 in. (104.1 25.4 9.5 cm)


probably 1823

Current location


Made in Newport, Rhode Island
(view a map of Rhode Island)


Gilded wood


"J. B. Wilbour, Newport," in paint, on dial


"The Constitution's Escape," in paint, on lower glass panel below scene of encounter


Israel Sack, Inc., New York, 1960; Bertram D. Coleman (1919–1976) and his wife, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, by 1965; consigned by their estate to Christie's, New York, January 16, 1998, lot 267; Robert C. Cheney, Brimfield, Massachusetts; sold to Barbara and Arun Singh, Providence, Rhode Island; consigned to Sotheby's, New York, January 25, 2020, lot 1047

Associated names

Bertram D. Coleman
Israel Sack, Inc.
Robert C. Cheney
Dr. Arun Singh
Barbara Singh


Joseph K. Ott, The John Brown House Loan Exhibition of Rhode Island Furniture, exh. cat. (Providence: The Rhode Island Historical Society, 1965), 126–27, no. 82, ill.
Lita Solis-Cohen, "Living with Antiques: The Bryn Mawr Home of Mr. and Mrs. Bertram Dawson Coleman," Antiques 89, no. 4 (April 1966): 576, ill.
Christie's, New York, The Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Bertram D. Coleman, sale cat. (January 16, 1998), 107, lot 267, ill.
"Israel Sack, Inc., advertisement," Antiques 77, no. 1 (January 1960): 40.
American Antiques from Israel Sack Collection, 10 vols. (Washington, D.C.: Highland House Publishers, 1957–89), vol. 1, p. 93, no. 282, ill.
Sotheby's, New York, Triumphant Grace: Important Americana from the Collection of Barbara and Arun Singh, sale cat. (January 25, 2020), lot 1047, ill.