ANSONIA CLOCK CO. MANTEL
INDEX # : 199-C-0611
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CLOCK STYLE Mantel Clock CLOCK NAME El Gallo (The Rooster) MANUFACTURE
Ansonia Clock Co., Brooklyn, New York
Anson Phelps (1781-1853)
CASE MODEL # 201B MOVEMENT TYPE
Brass, 8 Day, Time & Count wheel strike, hour & half-hour strike on cathederal gong. Movement stamped "Ansonia Clock Co. / USA / New York / Patented June 10, 1882 / 5" CASE SIZE & CONSTRUCTION
Base = 9 1/4", Height = 12 1/4", Depth = 5"
Black polished slate, with green marble inserts on each side of dial and quarter round trim insert below dial. The marble inserts on the sides are 1"W x 1/4"D x 7 1/2"H. Inside of the case is marked in pencil "201B" which corresponds to the model number listed in the 1901 Ansonia catalog.
LABEL INFORMATION No label DIAL INFORMATION
White porcelain dial with black Roman letters and chapter rings. The chapter ring is 4". Fancy gilt bezel (called French bezel by Ansonia). The clock has what appear to be the original Fleur De Lys hour and minute hands. MISC. FEATURES Green marble inserts ACQUIRED FROM Public auction in Gainesville, TX, auction was liquidating the contents of the North Texas Antique Center. CONDITION WHEN ACQUIRED
Not running, movement very dirty. The case has a minor chip on the top back peak. The back movement cover is missing. The slate finish is very dull and all of the white enamel is missing from the engraved designs on the case. RESTORATION
August 2011 - Disassembled and cleaned movement in ultra sonic cleaner, replaced the suspension spring as it was bent. All pivot holes were re-bushed by previous owner. Set movement to running on test bench and adjusted.
Scrubbed case down with diluted dishwashing liquid to remove all of the dirt and any left over wax. Gave the case 2 coats of "Slate Blackening" to restore the finish on the dull case.
From remnants of the original etched designs, it appears they were gold instead of the typical white, so KL applied gold bronzing powder mixed with varnish to the designs on the case.
Gave the case a final coat of paste wax and polished to a nice sheen. Replaced missing back movement cover with a reproduction cover from "Timesavers".
Top Image: Case as it was when aquired
Image to left: Case after 2 coats of Slate Blackening
Image to left: KL applying gold bronzing power mixed with varnish to the etched designs in the case
Image to left: Restored case
The Ansonia Clock Factory in Ansonia, Conn. as it appeared in 1850 (this factory was destroyed by fire in 1854).
The Ansonia Clock Company factory in Brooklyn, New York c. 1881
This clock sold for $15.50 in 1901
The Ansonia Clock Co. was founded by Anson G. Phelps as a subsidiary of the Ansonia Brass Co. in Ansonia, Conn. (town named after him). In operation from 1851-1878 in Ansonia, Conn. (Ansonia Clock Company became a separate entity from Ansonia Brass Co. in 1859). After a series of fires, he moved the company to NYC and operated from 1879-1930. Company disbanded in 1930, all machinery was sold to Russia.
REFERENCES 1. "Ansonia Clock Co. 1901 Catalog", page 63
2. "The Book of American Clocks" by Brooks Palmer, 1967, brief company history on pages 137 & 138.
3. "Price Guide to Antique Clocks" by Robert & Harriett Swedberg, 1998, pg 296.
NOTES This was the only worthwhile American clock at the auction and it was paired with with a French Black Slate Mantel Clock as 1 lot. Didn't really want the French one, but since it was part of this lot it came home with us as well (See 200-C-0611).
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