Simon Willard clock

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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