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Object Name Clock, Wall
Catalog Number 93.37.2
Collection Timepiece
Other Name banjo clock
Date c.1835
Description 8-day time only brass movement. Weight driven.
Mahogany veneer case with original painted tablets. Throat and door glassed with gold outlining and black ground. .
Painted iron dial signed "Abel Stowell" (later addition)
This style of case and glass originated with the Willard family early in the 19th century. Simon Willard called them the "Patented Timepiece." Howard and Davis began to manufacture the same style around 1845-50, calling them Office Wall Clocks. Today we commonly refer to them as "Banjo Clocks." The marketing success of Howard and Davis led to the great popularity of this style of clock for banks, offices, and schools. They were commonly used throughout large government offices and entire school districts. The Howard Banjo Clocks were most popular in the later hafl of the 19th century and were kept in use well into the 1930s when most establishments switched to electric clocks. It is doubtful Abel Stowell Sr. made this piece though it possibly is a product of his son Abel Stowell, Jr. who worked in the Boston area around 1850.
Maker Unknown
Material Wood, brass, glass
Place of Origin Unknown
²finial at 101.71 box

Updated by Cara M. Lower 8/7/14