Fine Boston Federal Banjo Clock

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Simon Willard, Roxbury, Massachusetts, circa 1805, mahogany and rosewood cross-banded throat panel with oak leaf and acorn gilt decoration on pale green and salmon ground, lower panel pale green, salmon, blue and black and signed “S. Willards Patent.”, dovetailed throat panel, with winder, 33-1/4 x 10 x 3-3/4 in., dial paint restored (label verso for Dials by Mrs. Richard Smallwood, Dallas, Georgia, 1973), throat and dial panels with very minor flaking especially to pale green, case generally good with wear and minor repairs, possibly lacking bottom board(?), finial resurfaced Provenance: Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Levon C. Register, Franklin Springs, Georgia Accompanied by a typed letter dated October 26, 1915: “Dear Mr. Nesmith: Your letter received, in reading your letter it don’t say to repair or not repair the clock. Your clock is a genuine Willard of the older make. Yours truly, Thos F. Proctor”. A nearly identical example is illustrated in Foley, [Willard’s Patent Timepieces,] Norwell, Massachusetts, 2002, p. 15, figures 24 and 445.


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