T. E. Burleigh Jr. No. 34
An outstanding gold front presentation banjo clock made by Ted Burleigh of the Gilders Workshop. The gilded frames are incredible quality. Gilded presentation bracket along with a gilded hand carved wooden eagle finial. The eight day weight driven timepiece is by Kilbourne & Proctor and is stamped by the maker on both plates. “MADE IN USA” stamped on the lower inside of the rear plate. The frames are numbered “34” and the case retains the T.E.B 34 stamp along with the “77” stamp. The painted iron dial is extremely heavy and the best quality. It is signed by the maker: T. E. Burleigh Jr. Winchester.” On the back of the dial is a label from the Dial House in GA and dated 1976. The works have been professionally serviced in our shop and the clock runs great. The reverse glass paintings are a naval battle from the War of 1812 and in excellent condition.
The Gilders Workshop (Fran & Ted Burleigh) were renowned craftsmen and clockmakers working in Massachusetts in the 1970’s – 80’s. Here is a description of their work in their own words from their sales brochure:
“The design of the Burleigh Presentation Banjo Clock is adapted from that of the Lemuel Curtis banjo made in the early 1800’s. Like the original, it’s distinguishing features are a somewhat narrower throat than usual, and the concave molding used on the door and throat which is finished in burnished gold and therefore reflects the rope trim which is laid in it. Also as in the original Curtis clock, all cases are made of hand rubbed Honduras mahogany, with five piece back boards of pine. The door, throat frame and bracket are also of pine, the wood customarily used in pieces to be gilded.
The gilding is executed in the traditional manner. Six hand applied coats of gesso (a mixture of whiting and animal hide glue) are sanded to a porcelain-like finish, and three or more coats of bole (a red clay and glue mixture) are applied to the parts before they are gilded. Twenty-three karat golf leaf is applied over an oil size in the area to have a matte finish, and over a water size in the areas to be burnished.”