This rare 3/4 time only 1940s vintage Willard Banjo clock was made by the Chelsea Clock Company. Features a cast brass eagle finial, above a 6-inch hinged bezel spring driven movement painted metal dial with Arabic numerals and labeled CHELSEA just above the key wind. Flat frames enclosing reverse-handpainted tablets, the waist flanked by cast brass side ornaments in a mahogany case featuring a beautiful reverse hand-painted throat, the lower hinged tablet of the naval battle between the "CONSTITUTION AND GUERRIERE" with hand-lettered title below the painting. Carved and molded lower pedestal and eight-day time-only lever-escapement movement. Fast/slow adjustment. ht. 32 in. Weight: 12 lbs. Keeps perfect time!
USS Constitution vs HMS Guerriere was an action between the two ships during the War of 1812, approximately 400 miles southeast of Halifax, Nova Scotia. It took place shortly after war had broken out. Guerriere had been detached from a squadron which had earlier failed to capture Constitution and was proceeding to Halifax for a refit. When Guerriere encountered Constitution again, Captain James Richard Dacres engaged, confident of victory despite the American ship being larger and more heavily armed. During the exchange of broadsides, Guerriere was dismasted and reduced to a sinking condition. The Americans removed the crew and set Guerriere on fire before returning to Boston with news of the victory, which proved to be important for American morale