Antique Ansonia Bronze Decorated Crystal Regulator Clock Ornate Art Nouveau. As shown the clock measures about 15 1/4" tall with the top ornament, 6 1/4" x 7 1/4. It weighs 6 pounds 11 ounces.
The case is fine with no damage or missing pieces, the beveled glass is all fine with no cracks or chips, the top piece is not attached to the case (it just needs a couple small screws put back in place). The movement tests as working only very briefly but looks to be in good order - the left side winding arbor winds fine, the right side winding arbor winds but then slips a bit so that spring does hold tension but not perfectly tight. The faux mercury pendulum is original and fine condition.
Please see my 12 detailed photos. It comes with an old brass winding key shown. Connecticut was home to multiple clock making companies in the 19th century, such as Ingraham, the William L. Gilbert Clock Company, Seth Thomas, Waterbury Clock Company, and, of course, Ansonia. The Ansonia Clock Companys roots lie in the Ansonia Brass Company, founded by Anson Greene Phelps in 1844.
Phelps supplied brass to Connecticut clock manufacturers until 1851, when he joined forces with two powerful clockmakers, Theodore Terry and Franklin C. Andrews, to create a clockmaking company of his own. Thus, the Ansonia Clock Company subsidiary was born. Many Ansonia clocks are eight-day movements, meaning that they only need to be rewound every eight days. However, in 1875, the company developed a 30-hour, spring-driven illuminated alarm clock with a walnut veneer case.
The alarm triggered a match to ignite a wick, which illuminated the clock. Ansonias extensive line of clocks included mantel clocks with elaborately painted china cases, beehive shelf clocks, miniature ogee shelf clocks with alarms, shelf clocks with glass domes surrounding the clocks head, and regulator clocks like the 1886 "General" model, a brass 8-day, weight-driven clock with a cherry case and a dial that counted the seconds. Ansonia was also well-known for its novelty items, such as swinging clocks that featured sculpted figurines. In July 1853, Ansonia showcased its cast-iron clocks, painted and decorated with mother-of-pearl, at the New York Worlds Fair. It was one of three Connecticut clockmaking companies to exhibit at the Fair.
In the 1870s, the Ansonia Clock Company separated from the Ansonia Brass Company and moved part of its production to New York. Although the company continued to produce clocks in Connecticut, the New York factory, with clockmaker Henry J. Davies at the helm, employed more than twice as many workersthe majority of clocks produced from approximately 1880 on are marked New York. However, the factory was rebuilt at the same location and reopened the following year.In 1883, the Connecticut factory closed, and by the late 1880s, Ansonia had opened sales offices in New York, London, and Chicago. In addition to clocks, Ansonia began producing inexpensive, non-jeweled wristwatches in 1904. Production peaked 1914, when Ansonia was turning out 440 different models of clocks, but by 1920, that number had dropped to less than 140, and by 1927, it was under 50.
Trading company, but in 1969, the rights to the Ansonia name and trademarks were acquired by Ansonia Clock Co. The item "Antique Ansonia Bronze Decorated Crystal Regulator Clock Ornate Art Nouveau" is in sale since Sunday, December 12, 2021. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Decorative Collectibles\Clocks\Desk, Mantel & Shelf Clocks". The seller is "spooknook" and is located in Weymouth, Massachusetts. This item can be shipped worldwide.