Barry S. Goldberg's Antique Clock and Watch Collection


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Clock #7

General: Banjo Clock. 8 Day wind with Westminster chimes.

Maker: New Haven Clock.


Date: c. 1920's?

Size: 27 inches high [not including eagle] x 9 1/2 inches wide. 6 1/4 inch dial.

Comments: I purchased this clock at an antique market for around $250. I knew it wasn't all THAT old, but I really liked the way it looked and I LOVED the Westminster chimes that went off every quarter hour. So, I bought it, carefully transported it home and stuck it on the wall. Where it completely failed to work. It has a very short pendulum, and it would only tick for a few minutes and then stop. I called a number of clock repair stores, but they all said that this particualr type of clock was very difficult to work with and would cost me at least $100 [if not more] to fix. Heartbroken [and not willing to spend any more money on it], I left it hanging on the wall as a piece of artwork.

Well, about two years later somebody e-mailed me to say that they had seen my other banjo clock on this website [Clock #3] and wanted to know if it were for sale. I said it wasn't, but that I had another non-working banjo with nice chimes that might be worth fixing up if he were interested. He said he WAS interested, and asked me to send him some pictures. So, before I left for work that morning, I took the clock down from the wall for the first time in 2 years, laid it down on the kitchen table to take pictures of it, and then put it back on the wall. Just for the heck of it, I started the pendulum swinging. Imagine my surprise when I came home from work that evening and discovered that the clock was still ticking! Apparently, all that was needed was to tilt the clock a wee bit off center and it runs just fine. Needless to say, I decided to keep it....

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