Curtis Girandole Gilded Weight Driven Banjo Clock made by Elmer Stennes, Weymouth MA 1961

Elmer Stennes September 21, 1961

This is a rare early Girandole clock by Elmer Stennes with magnificent gold leaf gilded frames, bracket, balls & cast eagle. It also houses the very best quality Chelsea weight driven movement. The frames are home to an incredible reverse glass convex glass tablets. Both glasses are curved and both are excellent examples of the mythological theme “Aurora.” The dial is another “special treatment” not often found in Stennes clocks as it is a hand painted & decorated iron dial and it bears the signature of Elmer O. Stennes Weymouth MASS. The # 28 is die stamped in the case documenting this is the 28th clock made in 1961. Another interesting detail is that this clock was made in the early 1960’s and is signed and dated by Stennes on the backboard under the movement: September 21, 1961. Some of the features that define his work during the 1950’s and early 60’s includes the use of Chelsea weight driven clock movements. The front plate of the highest quality weight driven timepiece is die stamped by the maker. The cast iron weight is unmarked and original to the clock, and the cast lead pendulum bob with brass “spike” “with “S” initial in the casting and the cast brass dial bezel also with Elmer’s initial “S” in the casting. All of the beautiful cast brass hardware and finial all made from molds fabricated by Elmer, and you may not realize that he was a “pattern” maker in the 1940’s and worked in the coastal shipyards and learned this trade at that time. The clock measures 44 X 12 X 4 1/2 inches overall with a 7 1/2 inch dial, 6 7/8 inch time track and 5/8 inch numerals. The clock is in excellent estate condition and it runs great ! Over the years we have been fortunate to own a number of fine, documented examples of Stennes clocks and this has the very best gilding and glasses. All in all a wonderful example.