The Sessions Banjo Clock is named for it's distinctive style. The round face and long stem of this wall clock made it look a bit like a banjo.
The clock shown here had a picture of a sailboat on the lower sections. Others had a picture of Mount Vernon, George Washington's home, a plantation or a scenic country home.
Banjo clocks are available with mechanical 8-day windup movements and electric movements. Since Sessions went all electric around 1936 you can be assured a windup banjo clock will have been made before that.
1940s Sessions Banjo Clock
This Sessions Regulator wall clock was nearly 40 inches tall and kept not just time but the day of the month too.
Other Regulator models weren't this large. The Regulator No. 1 was only 14" tall. Others were shaped like an octagon.
The most common Regulators did not track the date and were used for advertising.
The Venus (made from 1912 to 1919 and offered in fumed oak or mahogany finish, as shown) exhibits a classic profile, precisely as the manufacturer designed it. Small brass peg feet enable sturdy, level placement of clock without marring furniture surface, or distracting from its purity of design.
This model was characterized by the stylized face, square shape, and columns on either side. The glass cover opened to allow winding of the 8 day movement.