Since these are hard to get after 150 years, clock dealers cobble together all kinds of cases, with movements, accessories, and weights, from a wild inventory of parts they have gathered over the years.
As a result most antique clocks have some replacement parts from other sources: wooden parts replaced (transplanted finials, crown splats, or ones newly made, of plywood, and stained), dials often repainted, or pirated from more modern clocks, original glass and mirrors replaced with modern stock or repros, unoriginal gongs or bells installed, pendulums replaced, accessories like cherubs repainted, decorative appliques, like the Jenny Lind faces, replaced with modern stock, and worst of all, entire movements - the brass clock motor - replaced with a newer model, or a fake and inappropriate one, from a cheaper clock.
Ansonia clock dating
We research all our clocks but often we can only estimate when it was manufactured.
If you do not see a specific date, then usually it means an estimation on our part.
In 1844, metal dealer Anson Greene Phelps formed the Ansonia Brass company in Connecticut, to supply the expanding clock business - nine companies were producing clocks in Connecticut.
In 1850 the Ansonia Clock Company was formed as a subsidiary of the Ansonia Brass Company by Phelps and two Bristol, Connecticut, clockmakers, Theodore Terry and Franklin C. Terry & Andrews were the largest clock manufacturers in Bristol, with more than 50 employees using 58 tons of brass in the production of about 25,000 clocks in 1849.
However, the novelty clock became subject to fierce competition.
As Ansonia’s strongest selling line, rather than maintain profit, Ansonia attempted to gain volume by offering clocks at "old pricing".But what we call good condition, you might think is fair condition.So we note any imperfections in each description box along side every picture.In 1929 the majority of the timekeeping machinery and tooling were sold to the Soviet government's US trading company Amtorg, just before the stock market crash.The parts, machinery and key skilled workers were shipped out of the USA to form the basis (along with the remains of a watch company purchased a year later) of the clock and watch industry in Moscow - e.g.: Poljot, Sekonda.Thomas Edison visited the factory in 1878 to experiment combining clocks with his newly developed phonograph. By 1879, a second factory is opened in Brooklyn, New York and by June 1880 employs 360 workers, while the Connecticut factory continues producing clocks as well with a work force of 100 men and 25 women. The company rebuilt the factory on the same site, and reopened the expanded factory in 1881, with capacity to exceed that of the Connecticut factory - which closed completely in 1883.