Mantel clock, Gold Gilt Ansonia antique. Please Read The Full Description. This cast iron clock was made by the Ansonia Clock Co., of Brooklyn, New York. This is an early example bearing the patent date on the back of May 3, 1892. The clock is 100% original which retains the week duration wind up balance wheel movement. The clock was ultrasonically cleaned, then oiled and the hair spring was demagnetized. The clock keeps good time for about 5 days then starts to run slow. It is truly rare that this movement will be accurate for the full 7 days. This type of clock is nothing more that a zero jewel with a seven day main spring attached to the back of a 30 hour movement. Clock retains it's original convex beveled glass crystal and silvered brass dial. The gold plating has some wear on the edges. The case has been lightly polished and sealed with lacquer. The clock weighs 3 1/2 pounds without packing. Clock is 5" tall, 4" wide, and 2 3/4" deep. See last photo for some but not all of the desk and mantel clocks we have listed for sale.
Basic Information You Should Know!
For those of you who are not familiar with the term "Restoration", this simply means cleaning, waxing and repairing a clock or any other Antique to original condition with out alteration. The more an item is original the more it is worth. The less original the less it is worth.
It is much faster and easier to refinish a Antique Clock, however it severely decreases the Antique Value. As a hard core purest I would much rather spend a few days restoring an original finish and bring it back to its original patina. Polishing the Brass will not alter the Antique Value of a clock.
Not every one can afford or even appreciate this level of restoration. However, that is no reason to perpetuate the misrepresenting and dishonesty by other clock sellers. There is a perfectly good reason why clock sellers will not show you the clock mechanism. #1 their clock is dirty, badly worn and probably not original to the case. #2 if it is shown it does not look like my clock movements. Saying that a clock is running good does not mean it will keep accurate time.
Many of these internet clock sellers claim that they guarantee the clock runs, however when the clock arrives and it does not. when the seller is contacted he simply passes the buck to the shipper that it was damaged in shipping and you the buyer should file a insurance claim. This gets him off the hook for selling a clock that was not in good order to begin with. If not packed properly the shipper will refuse the damage claim, Sound Familiar? My properly restored original Antique Clocks will provide years of uninterrupted service and pleasure. Hopes this little tidbit of information aids you in making an intelligent decision on what to buy or NOT. All my clocks come with a correct fitting key, a set of instructions specific to this clock and the best packing in the business. I expect you to take the clock out of the box and have it up and running in a short time.
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