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Banjo Clock Rebuild

Tony DePasquale

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hello,

I received the frame of a Banjo clock with the face plate only. It is in decent shape. I am going to work with my son on rebuilding the clock. I am new to this. Can someone let met know what type of movement do I need for it and how do I get the front glass for it. Can I get used parts somewhere?

Thanks

Tony
 

bruce linde

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There are always Banjot Clock movements on eBay… Size matters, pendulum length matters… Even though they’re usually roughly the same.

As always, photos help inform discussions
 

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Send us a picture of what you have, it will be easier to help.
 

Joe Hollen

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In lieu of pictures.... Before you do anything with the case, do this: find the "dead-center" of the clock head. This is where the cannon post will be ( the hands attach to the cannon post ). Mark the spot with a "dot". Now, go down to the bottom "box" (called the pendulum box), and find the "dead-center" of that box, and mark it with a dot. Now, measure between the dots. If the measurement is 20 1/2", then it needs a standard Banjo Clock movement. These are also known as " #5 " movements (E.Howard #5 sized movement). If it's about 3/4" longer (21 1/4") then you're looking at a #4 movement, or sometimes referred to as a "Girandole movement". Waltham timepiece movements also have this pendulum length. If it's shorter than 20 1/2", then you may be looking at one of the cheaper "late 1800's / early 1900's" spring driven banjos. I wouldn't bother restoring one of those unless you could find a movement that fits, and that would be a hit or miss...
 

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I am moving this over to clock repair as I think that will get you the best coverage.
 

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I believe the most important issue now is to determine the manufacturer of your case. Some pictures of the case and dial would help a bunch.