Joseph Nye Dunning Weight Driven Burlington Banjo Clock For Sale
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Joseph Nye Dunning Weight Driven Burlington Banjo Clock:
Offered here for sale is a spectacular, museum quality weight-driven early banjo style timepiece by Joseph Nye Dunning of the period 1832-1841. It is in fine running condition - so accurate in fact when I walk into the room where it hangs I set all the other clocks from it, rather than from my iPhone. The cast iron face is hand painted, signed, and held by original dog-leg fasteners, as is the wonderfully preserved and correct throat glass. The reverse-painted oculus and throat glass (along with the face) represent the value in this great timepiece - perfect as the day they were crafted. The case is all original, with no significant repairs. Sidearms are clearly original and hand-worked. The small latch hook for the oculus door is a later replacement, latch for the face frame and the finial possibly later than original.
Please message me with requests for additional photographs - this historic timepiece is worth examining in detail by the discerning buyer - I will even travel with it locally for inspection.
Be assured packing/shipping will be undertaken with expert care. The weight will be shipped separately. The glasses and face will be wrapped individually and securely.
Alternately, with appropriate sale, I will gladly deliver this special piece anywhere in new england for mileage in lieu of shipping cost.
For those curious about this important timepiece and its maker, biographical information follows (Dunning's partner Lemuel Curtis was nephew to Aaron Willard and apprentice to Simon Willard, considered the "inventor" of the banjo clock). A Curtis & Dunning banjo clock is one of only 3 hanging in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC -
The partnership of Curtis & Dunning was comprised of Lemuel Curtis and Joseph N. Dunning. It was formed in 1820 in Concord, Massachusetts and moved to Burlington, Vermont in 1821. They worked together until 1832. They are listed as clockmakers, silversmiths and jewelers. Over the last 40 plus years of being in business, we(sic) have bought and sold numerous examples of their work. They produced several forms of the timepiece which include banjo clocks, tavern clocks, the girandole, lyre wall clocks, regulators and even shelf models.Lemuel Curtis was born in Roxbury, Massachusetts on July 3rd, 1790. He died in New York on June 17th, 1857. Lemuel had two brothers who were also involved with clockmaking. He was the nephew of Aaron Willard and probably trained with Simon Willard in Roxbury. In 1811, he advertised working on his own in Concord. He was a terrific clockmaker and the inventor of the Girandole form..
Joseph Ne Dunning was born in Brunswick, Maine on January 2nd, 1795 and died in Burlington, Vermont on December 14th, 1841. He was first a journeyman working for Curtis in Concord before their partnership in 1820. After this arrangement dissolved in 1832, he continued to work on his own and died bankrupt at the age of 46.
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