Maker: Ansonia Clock Co., New York, NY
Built: 1880 - 1900's
Case: Walnut, mirrors, silver-plated ornaments

A magnificent clock standing 24.5" high. The dial, movement and side mirrors are original, but not much else is, I'm afraid. The previous owner wrecked the finish beyond retrieval and painted the silver ornaments and statues with silver paint (ugh)! I had the case refinished and the ornaments replated in antiqued silver so it's glorious, but not old looking. This exact same case style (sometimes with different ornaments) was offered by several companies including New Haven and Gilbert.

Maker: F. Kroeber, New York, NY
Built: c. 1888
Case: Walnut

Florenz Kroeber is known for interesting case designs as well as mechanical innovations. This clock has both. The pendulum features a dial on which the regulation of the clock is displayed. If the clock is running slow or fast, the owner can use the indicator to help in regulating it. The case has probably been refinished, but it was nicely done.


Maker: Ansonia Clock Co., New York, NY
Built: 1880's
Case: Walnut

I suspect this is a pretty rare clock. In the extant catalogs, it appears only in 1883 and not in 1880 or 1886. I noticed, too, that its price is slightly higher in the Ly price guide than comparable models. The pendulum that it had when I bought it was completely anachronistic so I replaced it with a modern replica of the one that was in the catalog. The glass is not original and I'd like to replace it because the current design blocks the view of the pendulum indicator scale on the back. Here's a view of the pendulum, alarm, cup bell, and beat scale.

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Maker: Henry J. Davies, New York, NY
Built: c. 1865
Case: (are you ready for this?) CAST IRON front & door frame, wooden back

The moment I saw this clock I knew I had to own it. In all my travels and in all my books, I had never seen an iron-front mantel with a full-size glass door like this. To add even more interest to an Ansonia collector like me, H.J. Davies later became the foreman of the Ansonia Clock factory in New York. He is also known as the inventor of the very desireable "Crystal Palace" clocks (subsequently made by Ansonia and others). The styling is pure Gotham City and it's worthy to note that cast iron was also being used to create the fronts of some New York buildings at the time. And to complete the Gotham City image, it even came with a "bat key"! (see photo) This clock was the center of attention when I brought it to a meeting of the local chapter of the NAWCC.


Maker: Atkins Clock Co., Bristol, CT
Built: 1867 - 1879
Case: Walnut and veneer

Original dial, glass, and good paper. Case refinished and in very excellent condition. The movement on this clock is very heavy -- built like a tank! Atkins had several clock ventures; the one with this name lasted for only the 12 years shown.

"Round Gothic"

Maker: New Haven Clock Co., New Haven, CT
Built: 1855-1870
Case: Rosewood veneer

Original glass with a nice Monarch butterfly design, The case has a few scratches but is otherwise very nice. Runs very well, too. It's among the earliest New Havens.


Maker: W.L. Gilbert Clock Company, Winstead, CT
Built: 1890's?
Case: Mahogany?

This clock is very similar to the Gilbert "Pandia" model. The paper is almost entirely gone -- there was just enough to identify it as a Gilbert. Everything looks original, with very nice carving on the case.

"Cottage Extra"

Maker: Ansonia Clock Co., New York, NY
Built: 1879 - 1883
Case: Walnut veneer

This clock is completely original, and the painting of a pheasant on the lower glass is almost completely intact. The 30-hour movement just loves to run (nudge the shelf that it's on even slightly and it will start up). The dating on this clock is interesting. Ansonia built a factory in Brooklyn, NY, in 1879. They closed their factory in Ansonia, CT in 1883 and moved all manufacturing to NY. This clock's label shows both addresses, so it must have been made during the four years that both factories were open.

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