Treasure #74 Simon Willard clock

74 Simon Willard clock

74 Simon Willard clock

During the early 1800s, this was the most popular and fashionable clock in America, made by the country’s most famous clockmaker, Simon Willard (1753-1848) of Roxbury, MA. Commonly called a banjo clock today, its proper name is a “presentation timepiece.” This one was made in 1819 and it measures 42” plus a 6” gilded eagle atop. Willard clocks were made of brass, not wood, and he hired Boston-area artists to reverse-paint neoclassical scenes on the glass panels in his clocks.  This exquisite timepiece was donated by George Henderson (1860-1933), a resident at 37 Fisher Street and Paymaster at the Cocheco/Pacific Mills for 40 years.

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