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new banjo clock

abe

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Here is my newest clock. It is a Sessions banjo clock with the two tone "chime" sometimes called Bim-Bam. It is identical to one my Dad had in the 60's and 70's that hung in our kitchen, as seen here in this old photo from 1968. Does anyone have any idea how old a clock like this is? It has a neat nautical theme, light house anchors and a seascape with ship...

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harold bain

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Abe, I would guess it to be from around 1930. The tablets are identical to those shown on the Revere from 1927, but the rest of your clock looks like the Mount Vernon, from 1930. The Revere is 35 1/2 inches and the Mount Vernon is 29 1/2 inches tall.
 

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harold bain;531305 said:
Abe, I would guess it to be from around 1930. The tablets are identical to those shown on the Revere from 1927, but the rest of your clock looks like the Mount Vernon, from 1930. The Revere is 35 1/2 inches and the Mount Vernon is 29 1/2 inches tall.
I'd say this is definitely the Revere. The shelf part of the Mt. Vernon is different, and this clock looks every bit of 3 feet long. The Revere came with two different styles of glass that I know of, with either an eagle finial or "acorn' finial, time only, time and strike, bim-bam strike on rods, or monotone strike on a rod or coiled gong. I had one with the same glasses, eagle finial, and monotone strike on coiled gong. A nice clock, but I traded it away for something I wanted more. I've always liked the look of the Revere. I still have a time-only version with the red and gold glasses.
 

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The clock measures 35.5" from the bottom tip to the top of the eagle. It is has a bim bam strike on rods of 2 lengths. It strikes on the hour and the half hour.

What is a Revere? Is Revere a style? It was made by the Sessions Clock Co of Forestville, Conn.

thanks!
abe
 

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Revere is the name given to the clock by Sessions. I will also take this opportunity to point out that some Reveres had wooden side arms, while others had metal.
 

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Congratulations on your banjo clock. I am keeping an eye out for one myself but right now they seem to be in great demand driving up prices. To me. they are very American in style, which I like.

Hal
 

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