Posted 2 years ago
In 1932 Whitehall Hammond marketed a swashbuckling pirate clock along with a matching pirate garniture. The clock features a pirate standing next to an onyx clock and on an onyx base with his sword drawn and ready for battle. The Garniture/bookend features a pirate sitting on a stylized onyx treasure chest with his gun drawn and resting on the treasure chest. Both pirate figures were made by J. B. Hirsch
This clock and its garniture were more than likely marketed for little boys and their bedrooms. This may explain why the garnitures and the clock went their separate ways. The clock was a clock and not a toy, but the garniture, was not and could be taken out of the house and played with, lost, broken, and thrown away over time.
The clock base is 12” x 3” and the overall height (at figure) is 8.0." The clock face is 4" in diameter in a 6" x 6". It is a prime to start clock as all Hammond movements were. The base of the clock was broken into two pieces but has been repaired. The clock runs, but is noisy and in need of a good cleaning and oiling. The clock is an open rotor clock which is easy to work on.
The garniture measures 6.5" tall, and 5.75" wide, it has a number of fleabites on the edges of the treasure chest (probably the work of a little boy’s active imagination).
The pirate figures on the clock and garniture are in perfect shape and do not show any wear. Their faces are made of ivorine; the pirate’s left knee on the clock is also made of ivorine. Ivorine is sort of a thermoresin and is not plastic.
The clock and its garniture are full of the magic of childhood and imagination.