Identification and Creation
Object Number
Simon Willard, American (1753 - 1848)
? Manufactured by John Slavin, American
Banjo Wall Clock
Work Type
c. 1830-1835
Creation Place: North America, United States, Massachusetts, Boston
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Physical Descriptions
Mahogany veneer case with acorn finial; reverse painted glass panels (restored), lower glass panel painted with ship scene
83 x 25.5 x 9 cm (32 11/16 x 10 1/16 x 3 9/16 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • inscription: upper painted glass panel inscribed "patent"
  • inscription: front plate of movement, upper right: Aug. 18/45 BFW (probably for Benjamin Franklin Willard who probably cleaned the clock in 1845)
  • inscription: front plate of movement, lower center: Charles A. Ditmas, Jr./Feb. 8 1972/Honorary Keeper of the Clocks/ at Harvard
  • (not assigned): Label pasted on block behind pendulum:
    This clock given to Harvard Univ./ for use in the President's House/ by A. Lawrence Lowell Dec. 14, 1936/ original letter by Mr. Lowell is in/ the University Archives
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard University Clock Collection, Gift of Abbott Lawrence Lowell
Object Number
European and American Art
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Publication History

John Ware Willard, A History of Simon Willard, Inventor and Clockmaker, E.O. Cockayne (Boston, MA, 1911), opposite p. 38

Richard W. Husher and Walter W. Welch, A Study of Simon Willard's Clocks, Husher and Welch (Nahant, MA, 1980), p. 123

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