American Shelf Clocks

Note: most wood-cased American shelf clocks are in the lower section of this page.

WBY-0316
$550
Fairly Rare Waterbury “Hecla”

Waterbury "Hecla" in Walnut ~ Antique Clocks Guy

Waterbury "Hecla" in Walnut ~ Antique Clocks Guy

Waterbury "Hecla" in Walnut ~ Antique Clocks Guy

Ship From So. CA

Click to enlarge the original catalogue drawing ~ Antique Clocks Guy

(original catalogue drawing)

 

We know, you're probably thinking the same thing we did when we first heard the name of this model, "Hecla" is a well-known Seth Thomas model, this can't be correct. Right... and wrong! This very Victorian and extremely difficult-to-find charming little clock is the Hecla model from Waterbury!

Physical: The walnut case which
bears
the original finish measures 23.5"h x 15"w x 4"d and is in excellent condition. It has a great label on the back also in excellent condition, and an unmolested winged finial on top (wings are often missing or repaired on winged finials in general).

The 5" dial was professionally repainted and is in excellent physical condition.

Mechanical: The eight-day time-and-heavy-gong-strike movement was professionally overhauled a couple of years ago and is in excellent mechanical condition.

Comments: This is an awesome little clock worthy of even the finest clock collections. Perhaps it would make a great graduation gift for that new college grad in the familiy... or for Y.O.U.!

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Reference
Ly, T.D., Waterbury Clocks, 2001, p.413

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HLJ-0320
$2,050
Seth Thomas "Hotel" Model
Shelf Clock, c.1900, in Walnut

Seth Thomas "Hotel" in Walnut ~ Antique Clocks Guy

Seth Thomas "Hotel" in Walnut ~ Antique Clocks Guy

Seth Thomas "Hotel" in Walnut ~ Antique Clocks Guy

Ship From So. CA

(original catalogue drawing)

 

Here's a hefty mantle clock of which we've only had one before. It is the Seth Thomas "Hotel" model, a real beauty. Be sure to look at the detailed closeup photos of the side of this clock. We've seen some that are missing the side panels and have some fru-fru stuck in there instead. This one's the real McCoy.

Physical: The Walnut case measures 14" w x 18"h x 7"d and is in excellent physical condition, having recently been restored by a leading restorer in "Lost" Angeles! The painted dial is original to the clock and bears the original paint. Most Seth Thomas clocks of this vintage have long ago had the paint start to crackle and/or peel, so enjoy this completely original dial!

Mechanical: The heavy spring-driven, eight-day time and gong-strike movement was recently professionally serviced and is ready for years of great service for you. The original Seth Thomas catalogue described this particular mechanism as a "Superior Movement"!

Comments: Most American mantle clocks we see don't do much for us, but this clock is one of those rare exceptions. From the detail on the front door, typical to Seth Thomas of that era, to the detailed carving on the side, this clock is a real visual delight. Perhaps it belong on the credenza behind your desk in the office?

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Reference
Ly, T.D., Seth Thomas Clocks & Movements 3rd Ed Vol 1, 2004, p.728

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Ansonia Royal Bonn Overview

Below are several listings for Ansonia "Royal Bonn" porcelain shelf clocks from the Ansonia Clock Co. of NY. The first three lisings were here before we added the latest group from a major collector. So, to simplify the listing process, we have provided general information here rather than in all of the lisings.

Royal Bonn is the 19th and 20th Century Trade Name used by the renowned craftsman Franz Anton Mehlem, who produced pottery in Bonn, Germany from 1836 to 1931. Fine Porcelain and Earthenware were manufactured in the factory. In 1921, the firm was purchased by Villeroy & Boch and closed in 1931.

The signature crest insignia features a crown, which is prominently displayed on the back of its clock cases along with the model name, imported by the Ansonia Clock Company and fitted with their eight-day, time-and-strike brass movements. All but a few of the Royal Bonn models are documented with original catalogue drawings in Tran duy Ly “Ansonia Clocks & Watches”, 1998.

Ansonia Royal Bonn Exposed Brocot Escapement ~ Antique Clocks Guy

Note: Royal Bonn clocks featured here have 5” porcelain dials and exposed escapements (see picture just above and view one in operation on YouTube). Ansonia also made a lower-quality group of Royal Bonn clocks in less impressive cases without the exposed escapement.

All of the clocks in this collection have been professionally serviced and are in excellent mechanical condition. The porcelain cases do not have repairs or chips. Remember, these clocks are from one of the major collectors in the U.S.!

A couple of them do not have catalogue drawings as they were not included in the reference book we use. Also, we don't have separate movement and dial photos for all the clocks. The movements are all the same. But, if there's one you wish to purchase and not having separate dial/movement photos is killing you, we won't die on that hill, so will get one for you from our consignor! As we listed 12 clocks simultaneously we were trying to save some time...

Several have been on the site and have experienced significant price reductions as we post this new collection.



ANS-07
$1,200
Ansonia Royal Bonn
“La Verdon” in Cobalt Blue, c.1901

Ansonia Royal Bonnn "La Verdon" ~ Antique Clocks Guy

Ship From So. CA

Ansonia Royal Bonn "La Verdon" - Original Catalogue Drawing ~ Antique Clocks Guy

(original catalogue)

 

Over the years, the Royal Bonn clocks that we've sold the quickest have been the very few in Cobalt Blue. This one, which originally cost $17.00 in 1901, will be no exception.

Physical: The porcelain case measures 13.5"w x 14.25h x 5" d and is in excellent physical condition. The dial with exposed escapement measures 5" in diameter.

Mechanical: The mechanism has just been professionally serviced and is in excellent mechanica condition.

Comments: Stunning clock. Make it your own with a call!

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Reference
Ly, T.D., Ansonia Clocks and Watches, 1998, p.621

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ANS-08
$995
Ansonia Royal Bonn “La Mine”, c.1904

Ansonia Royal Bonn “La Mine” ~ Antique Clocks Guy

Ship From So. CA

Ansonia Royal Bonn "La Mine" - Original Catalogue Drawing ~ Antique Clocks Guy

(original catalogue)

 

Great village scene in green with just a touch of gold! Original cost in 1904: $15.75; a little more today.

Physical: The porcelain case measures 11.5"w x 14.5"h x 5"d and is in excellent physical condition. The 5" porcelain dial with exposed escapement is also in excellent physical condition.

Mechanical: The eight-day time and gong-strike movement has been professionally serviced and is in excellent mechanical condition. It strikes once on the half hour on a round cathedral gong and strikes the hours as do all Royal Bonn clocks.

Comments: Gorgeous clock just waiting for your call...

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Reference
Ly, T.D., Ansonia Clocks and Watches, 1998, p.623

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ANS-03
$995
Ansonia Royal Bonn “La Mine” Floral

Ansonia Royal Bonn "La Mine" Floral ~ Antique Clocks Guy

Ship From So. CA

Ansonia Roysl Bonn "La Mine" - Original Catalogue Drawing ~ Antique CLocks Guy

(original catalogue)

 

One of the things that Royal Bonn porcelain was well known for were eye-popping colors. Here's a great example of that! Original cost was $15.75 in 1904; a little more expensive today.

Physical: The porcelain case, c. 1904, which measures 11.25"w x 14.5"h x 5"d, is in excellent physical condition.

The 5" diameter dial with exposed escapement is also in excellent physical condition.


Mechanical: The eight-day, time and gong-strike movement has been professionally serviced and is in excellent mechanical condition. It strikes the half hour and hours.

Comments: Great clock waiting for you to call it "home"... you know what to do!

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Reference
Ly, T.D., Ansonia Clocks and Watches, 1998, p.623

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ANS-02
$895

Ansonia Royal Bonn "La Cruz" ~ Antique Clocks Guy

Ansonia Royal Bonn "La Cruz" ~ Antique Clocks Guy

Ship From So. CA

Origianal Catalogue Drawing - Ansonia Royal Bonn "La Cruz" ~ Antique Clocks Guy

(original catalogue)

 

Here's another bright beauty for your consideration. It is interesting that this case model was apparently produced with both the simple movement and the exposed escapement.

Physical: The porcelain case is in excellent physical condition. The 5" diameter dial with exposed escapement is also in excellent physical condition.

Mechanical: The eight-day time and-gong-strike movement has been professionally serviced and is in excellent mechanical condition. It strikes the half hour and the hours.

Comments: "I want to live in your home. Call to set me free!

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Reference
Ly, T.D., Ansonia Clocks and Watches, 1998, p.632-633

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ANS-05
$895
Ansonia Royal Bonn “La Drome”, c.1904

Ansonia Royal Bonn “La Drome” ~ Antitque Clocks Guy

Ship From So. CA

Ansonia Royal Bonn "La Drome" - Original Catalogue Drawing ~ Antique Clocks Guy

(original catalogue)

 

We're fortunate to have several very desirable and popular light blue Ansonia Royal Bonns in this collection. This one has a very classical shape. Original price in 1904 was $16.50 - it's a little more expensive now!

Physical: The Royal Bonn porcelain case is in excellent physical condition. It measures 15"w x 12"h x 5"d. The 5" diameter porcelain dial with exposed escapement is also in excellent physical condition.

Mechanical: The eight-day time and gong-strike movement strikes the half hour and the hours. It has been professionally serviced and is in excellent mechanical condition.

Comments: To paraphrase the old song: "Am I blue, Am I blue? Ain't these tears in these eyes tellin' you"... to call and order me... be true!

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ANS-06
$1,150
Ansonia Royal Bonn “La Tosca”, c.1904

Ansonia Royal Bonn “La Tosca” ~ Antique Clocks Guy

Ship From So. CA

Original Catalogue Drawing - Ansonia Royal Bonn “La Tosca” ~ Antique Clocks Guy

(original catalogue)

 

This is an awesome clock... period. The color just pops (would have looked better in front of a light-colored wall, but you can use your imagination! Original cost: $16.00.

Physical: The porcelain Royal Bonn case measures 10"w x 14.5"h x 5"d. It is in excellent physical condition as is the 5" diameter porcelain dial with exposed escapement.

Mechanical: The eight-day time and gong-strike movement has been professionally serviced and is in excellent mechanical condition ready for years of great service to you.

Comments: Fabulous case design, eye-popping color that's gotta be yours!

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Reference
Ly, T.D., Ansonia Clocks and Watches, 1998, p.635

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ANS-09
$995
Ansonia Royal Bonn “La Riviere”, c.1904

Ansonia Royal Bonn “La Riviere” ~ Antique Clocks Guy

Ship From So. CA

Original Catalogue Drawing - Ansonia Royal Bonn “La Riviere” ~ Antique Clocks Guy

(original catalogue)

 

This one reminds us of the ocean blue just inviting us to plunge in... as you should do to buy it! Original cost in 1904 was $16.00; a little more expensive today.

Physical: The Royal Bonn porcelain case measures 14.5"w x 12.5"h x 5"d and is in excellent physical condition. The 5" diameter porcelain dial is also in excellent physical condition.

Mechanical: The eight-day time and gong-strike movement has been professionally serviced and is ready for years of great service for you.

Comments: We are fortunate to perhaps have more Royal Bonn clocks available than any other site with which we are familiar. Our hard work equals your opportunity. Choose several!

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Reference
Ly, T.D., Ansonia Clocks and Watches, 1998, p.629

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ANS-10
$1,150
Ansonia Royal Bonn “La Villa”, c.1904

Ansonia Royal Bonn “La Villa” ~ Antique Clocks Guy

Ship From So. CA

This model is particularly impressive. Not only because of the beautiful soft blue, but also because of the openness of the top design. It's extraordinary, especially as compared to most Royal Bonn models (but that's not to take anything away from any of them, either)!

Physical: The Royal Bonn porcelain case case, which measures 11"w x 15"h x 5"d and is in excellent physical condition. Likewise, the 5" diameter porcelain dial with exposed escapement is in excellent physical condition.

Mechanical: The eight-day time and gong-strike movement has been professionally serviced and is in excellent mechanical condition.

Comments: Gorgeous clock. What's not to love? (!)

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ANS-11
$995
Ansonia Royal Bonn “La Cannes”, c.1904

Ansonia Royal Bonn “La Cannes” ~ Antique Clocks Guy

Ship From So. CA

Original Catalogue Drawing - Ansonia Royal Bonn “La Cannes” ~ Antique Clocks Guy

(original catalogue)

 

This is an example where Ansonia used both its higher-end exposed escapement movements and lower-end movements in the same case. This particular color combination really catches the eye with an explosion of floral colors. Original cost was $13.25 in 1904; a little more expensive now!

Physical: The Royal Bonn porcelain case, which measures 11.25"w x 11.75"h x 5"d is in excellent physical condition as you will see in the photos. The 5" diameter porcelain dial with exposed escapement is also in excellent physical condition.

Mechanical: The eight-day time and gong-strike movement has been professionally serviced and is ready for years of great service.

Comments: Looking for bright colors? You've found it! Give us a call to start the process...

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Reference
Ly, T.D., Ansonia Clocks and Watches, 1998, p.587

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ANS-12
$895
Ansonia Royal Bonn “La Orb”, c.1904

Ansonia Royal Bonn “La Orb” ~ Antique Clocks Guy

Ship From So. CA

Original Catalogue Drawing - Ansonia Royal Bonn “La Orb” ~ Antique Clocks Guy

(original catalogue)

 

To our eye, this particular clock has an almost iridescent look to it on close examination... it's gorgeous. Like many Royal Bonns, this model had numerous paint configurations. The catalogue shows the La Orb model with two very distinctly different floral designs and a typical village scene with four ladies. We like this one the best of the four! It's original cost was $17.00; a little more today!


Physical: The Royal Bonn porcelain case, which measures 14.25"w x 13"h x 5"d, is in excellent physical condition as is the 5" porcelain dial with exposed escapement.

Mechanical: The eight-day, time and gong-strike mechanism has been professionally serviced and is ready for years of great service.

Comments: Glorious colors, beautiful condition, just waiting for your call to get it enroute to you...

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Reference
Ly, T.D., Ansonia Clocks and Watches, 1998, p.610

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STH-0509
$1,025
Ansonia Royal Bonn Porcelain “La Loire”
circa 1904

Ansonia Royal Bonn “La Loire” - Antique Clocks Guy

Ansonia Royal Bonn “La Loire” - Antique Clocks Guy

Ansonia Royal Bonn “La Loire” - Antique Clocks GuyShip From So. CA

Here is an unusual and beautiful Ansonia Royal Bonn porcelain clock that we have not seen previously and that, amazingly, is not listed in the Tran Duy Ly book about the Ansonia Clock Co. of New York, though there are numerous photos of this model found in a Google images search.

Physical: The beautiful porcelain case, which measures 10.5"w x 15"h x 5"d is in excellent physical condition without chips, cracks, or repairs. The 5" diameter porcelain dial with exposed escapement is also in excellent physical condition.

Mechanical: The eight-day signed Ansonia movement was recently serviced (cleaned/lubricated) and is in excellent mechanical condition ready for years of great service.

Comments: The

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Royal Bonn Signature
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Ansonia Royal Bonn “La Loire” - Antique Clocks Guy

JOT-0510
$895
Ansonia Royal Bonn La Nord, c.1904

Ansonia Royal Bonn "La Nord" in Lt Blue ~ Antique Clocks Guy

Ansonia Royal Bonn "La Nord" in Lt Blue ~ Antique Clocks Guy

Ship From So. CA

 

Here is one of the most visually pleasing of the wide variety of German Royal Bonn porcelain cases made for the Ansonia Clock Co. of New York. The soft light blue color makes this a particularly beautiful clock. We're fortunate to have several of these highly desirable Royal Bonn clocks available simultaneously. So, take a close look at this one... perhaps you should buy several... others have and enjoy them immensely!

Physical: The signed Royal Bonn porcelain case, which measures 14.5"w x 11.75"h x 5"d is in excellent physical condition and without repairs.The 5" diameter porcelain dial with exposed escapement is also in excellent physical condition, which is just what you expect to find on our site!

Mechanical: The eight-day, spring-driven original movement has been professionally serviced and is in excellent running order. It strikes a coiled gong on the half hour and the hour.

Comments: This one's a beauty. Where will it fit best in your house?

Questions? Contact us by phone at 760-604-0262, or e-mail.

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Reference
Ly, T.D., Ansonia Clocks and Watches, 1998, p.607

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HWD-720
$975
Ansonia Royal Bonn Porcelain “ La Normandie”
Ansonia Royal Bonn Porcelain “ La Normandie” - Antique Clocks Guy

Ship From So. CA

We're fortunate to presently have a whole collection of Ansonia porcelain "La Normandie" models to offer you, including this multi-color Royal Bonn and the other labeled Delft. Here is the Royal Bonn done in what the factory called "New Art Tints" that originally sold for $15.75 in 1904:

Physical: The porcelain case is in excellent original condition and measures 13"w x 13.5"h x 5"d. It has a 5" diameter dial with exposed jeweled escapement and a "rococo-style" sash with original beveled glass.

UPDATED:And, speaking of the beveled glass, if you look at the front photo you will see it causing an optical illusion of sorts at the upper right corner of the bezel where thare might appear to be a white gap as if the bezel was open. That is the beveled glass tricking the camera into seeing the dial where the bezel is! Check this photo for clarification.

Mechanical: The eight-day time-and-strike movement strikes a mellow gong on the half hour and the hour. The movement was professionally overhauled in 2010 and is in excellent running order.

Comments: Give us a call to start the process for this one... or perhaps the entire collection!

Questions? Contact us by phone at 760-604-0262, or e-mail.

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RB Signature

Reference
Ly, T.D., Ansonia Clocks and Watches, 1998, p.611

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LPU-236
$1,075

Ship From So. CA

Fancy Ansonia Royal Bonn “ La Vendee ”, c.1904
Open Escapement Model

Here is another unusual Ansonia Clock Company high-end Royal Bonn we've not seen before. The original catalogue price was $17; it's a bit more expensive today. In its 1896 catalogue, Ansonia describes the series of "porcelain decorated clocks", the cases of which they imported, as follows:

"Imported, Hand Painted and Gold Decorated Cases, Fitted with the Ansonia Clock Company's Eight Day, Half-Hour Strike, Cathedral Gong on Sounding Board, Round Polished Brass EScapement Movement, Ruby Pallets, Rack Strike, with Patent Regulators and Striking Parts, and Either Porcelain or Gild Dials."

Physical: The high-quality German "Royal Bonn" porcelain case is in excellent condition and measures 13"w x 14.5"h x 5"d. The 5" dial is also in excellent original condition. This clock has Ansonia's fancy sash (bezel around dial) and beveled glass. The porcelain has typical "alligatoring".

Mechanical: The eight-day, cathedral gong-strike movement is in excellent running order and features an "open escapement" visible on the dial. It strikes on the half-hour and on the hour. The movement was professionaly and thoroughly overhauled in April 2003 and had 14 new bushings installed.The clock will be professionally lubricated once again, prior to shipment.

Comments: We don't list a lot of porcelain clocks because many of them offered to us are either pedestrian in design, overtly common, or are in chipped-up condition. This is another wonderful exception.

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Movement/Signature
Second Signature

Reference
Ly, T.D., Ansonia Clocks and Watches, 1998, p.638

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OJM-0822
$3,875
Ansonia Swinging-Arm “Fortuna”

Ansonia "Fortuna" ~ Antique Clocks Guy

Ansonia "Fortuna" ~ Antique Clocks Guy

Ansonia "Fortuna" ~ Antique Clocks Guy

Ship From So. CA


(original catalogue drawing)

 

Here is a swinging-arm clock that is one of the larger of this genre made by the Ansonia Clock Co., circa 1906.

Physical: The cast spelter statue with cherub has the original finish and measures approximately 9" in diameter at the base by a whopping 30"h. The catalogue indicates that both the statue and swinging arm are 25.5" in length. The plated ball (blue tint) and pendulum assembly are original and complete. The suspension block was rebuilt by the leading Ansonia swing-arm clock expert in the U.S.

Mechanical: The eight-day, spring-driven, time-only pendulum movement has been professionally overhauled and is in excellent running order.

Comments: This a much sought-after, seldom found model. It is in glorious condition, awaiting its place of honor in your home or office.

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Ansonia "Fortuna" ~ Antique Clocks Guy

Photos Comment: It can be challenging to photograph a clock like this and not have the flash blow out the color in the swing-arm balls. We suspect the photo of the right side of the clock (just above) may best match the actual color of the balls.

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Reference
Ly, T.D., Ansonia Clocks and Watches, 1998, p.707

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AGL-0527
$2,650
E.N. Welch 30-Day “Titiens VP”, c.1880

E.N. Welch "Titiens" in Rosewood ~ Antique Clocks Guy

E.N. Welch "Titiens" in Rosewood ~ Antique Clocks Guy

E.N. Welch "Titiens" in Rosewood ~ Antique Clocks Guy

Ship From So. CA

 

In the 22+ years we've been in business this is the first time we've ever seen this very special and extremely difficult-to-find E.N.Welch model with its porcelain dial, exposed center wheels and 30-day movement. We're sure you'll find it enchanting... especially the winding schedule!

Physical: The beautiful Rosewood case measures 16"w x 24"h x 6"d. It bears the original finish and is in excellent physical condition having recently been cleaned and polished. The glass and pendulum are also original. The signed 7" diameter porcelain dial is in excellent original condition. There is also a label on the back.

E.N. Welch "Titiens" in Rosewood ~ Antique Clocks Guy

Mechanical: The 30-day spring-driven brass movement with nickeled plates has just been professionally serviced (cleaned/lubricated) and is ready for years of great service for you. The movement is signed and bears a patent date of Aug 30, 1870.

Comments: This is a great clock. Stunning case that will attract attention wherever it goes. But don't forget it just because you only have to wind it once a month!

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Movement/Backboard
Label
Back
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Reference
Ly, T.D., Welch Clocks, Second Edition, 2013, p.476-477

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BAF-0205
$2,650
MAJOR PRICE REDUCTION
$1,950

Ansonia “Helmsman” Industrial Clock
with Animated Ship Wheel, c.1884

Ansonia "Helmsman" Industrial/Mechanical Clock ~ Antique Clocks Guy

 

Ship From So. CA

Original Catalogue Drawing: Ansonia "Helmsman" Industrial/Mechanical Clock ~ Antique Clocks Guy

(original catalogue)

CLICK TO SEE IT RUNNING!

 

To our knowledge, this is the only clock that Ansonia categorized as a "Mechanical". It was their answer to the French "Industrial" clocks (animated) that were all the rage in the late 1800s and occupies its own page in the book devoted to Ansonia clocks.

While this model is very unusual to find at all, most of them don't work; this clock is a fine working example as you can see in the YouTube link.

The black enameled iron case is topped with two helmsmen with dolphins at the fore and flag at the stern. The ship's wheel moves back and forth between the hands of the sailors.

Physical: The black iron case, which measures 15"w x 18.75"h x 6"d has been thoroughly cleaned and retains its original finish. The figures and other mounts are original to the case and retain their original finish. The 5.5" diameter signed (Ansonia and their logo) porcelain dial is in excellent condition and is original as are the hands.

Mechanical: The eight-day time and gong-strike (half hour and hour) movement has recently been overhauled by a top professional. It is in excellent mechanical condition, keeping time and striking correctly. The ship's wheel correctly rocks back and forth in the opposite direction of the pendulum. As you see in the photo just above, from the top you can view the escapement as it moves the wheel.

Comments: What a great clock! This one will be sure to attract much attention. Are you a yachtsman, or just an admirer? Doesn't matter. You and your family and friends will be enchanted with this clock. Ahoy, mate, give us a call to dock it in your port!

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Reference
Ly, T.D., Ansonia Clocks and Watches, 1998, p.363

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founded on the "3 Rs"
Respect, Responsibility, Reputation
NAWCC #35749 Since 1973

~ Escondido, CA ~
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