Ansonia Clock Co. metal case mantle clock with figure, “Eureka”, with the figure, “Poet”, ca 1894. This clock and the same statue are exactly as pictured in Ly-Ansonia, page 405. The clock is 22.5 inches wide and 24 inches high, a very large and imposing clock. Ansonia made various sizes of statues and decorations but the “Poet”, “Dagobert”, “Boar Hunter”, and a few others are all very large, as much as 15 inches high. The Eureka could be bought without a statue or with your choice of statues, which is why we see different statues on clocks of this type. The finish on both is either Japanese or Syrian Bronze, both in the dark chocolate family of colors. The finish is almost perfect. I spent a lot of time trying to decide if it has been refinished and could find no evidence it was, however, it must have spent its life in a box, in the closet, there is just no wear. The clock has the usual attributes, beveled glass, open escapement, a very rare and unusual dial, tons of cast ornaments all over the case, metal back door, bob and two prong key, gong, and the 8 day signed movement. It is running and striking half hours and hours. This one is as nice as any clock of this type we have ever sold. Ly-Ansonia, page 405. The last published price guide by Tran Duy Ly valued this clock at $4000. $2000-$3000.
Ansonia Clock Co. enameled iron, “Mechanical Clock”, ca1894. To my knowledge this is the only clock Ansonia made with animation, even though it was simple animation. A rod runs from the escape wheel to the ships wheel on the deck. As the pendulum swings the ships wheel rocks back and forth. Ansonia, Welch, and Ingraham, to name a few companies, made clocks commemorating the Spanish-American War. This was Ansonia’s contribution. The clock has been restored, for if not you would not want it. All of the ones I have seen that were not restored were rusted and missing part or most all of the parts on top. Very few survived the years intact. The enameled iron was repainted, marbleized pieces cleaned, and parts on the bridge were cleaned and repaired as needed. The bezel, dial rings, movement, etc. have been cleaned and polished. The 8 day signed movement is a common movement used in most Ansonia clocks of this type, nothing special except the rod turning the wheel. The clock is 19 inches high, has a correct back door, pendulum bob, signed two piece porcelain dial, correct hands, and overall all the parts appear original. We have not seen one of the Mechanical clocks sell in several years, the last one I know that sold went for $2500. I will never forget in my early days buying collections I bought a collection of 150 clocks, all exceptionally nice and most were rare and valuable. I rejected one clock in that collection, a “Mechanical”, because at that time it did not appear in any clock book, I had never seen or heard of one, and I just knew it had to be a clock some shade tree mechanic had made up. Live and learn. Ly-Ansonia #1380. $1500-$2000.
English 3 piece ceramic set, ca 1873. Just when I thought I had seen one of every clock made here comes this unusual set. The beautifully decorated porcelain case has a gold trademark stamp underneath, very elaborate crown, lion, and the word, "England". The movement is typical of this type clock, one day, time only, cylinder escapement. The hinged brass bezel is holding a heavy beveled glass, metal inner dial and a plastic like time dial. The clock is 18 inches high and 16 inches wide, decorated in royal blue with heavy gold trim and painted flowers overall. The large 17 inch high vases match the clock. They also have the trademark stamp on the bottom. All pieces are in excellent condition with no chips or scratches. That in itself is unbelievable. Normally the English clocks of this type are drab and sell cheap. This set is mind-boggling. Will make someone a great decorator piece if you have the right place for it. The previous owner reported to us that this 3 piece set was, "Royal Vienna, A.G. Harley Jones Wilton, Staffordshire, England". $500-$1000.
Ansonia Clock Co. very rare metal clock, “Georgia”, ca 1892. This is only the third of this model we have ever offered for sale. I cannot find where another auction house has ever sold one. This clock's top and base are black enameled iron. The center section, including the ends, has cast metal statues, columns, and other ornaments. The statues and some ornaments are finished in silver and everything else is finished in a bronze color. The case is 16 inches wide and 13 inches tall. The dial is as nice and different as any I have seen. Enlarge the dial picture and you will see. As usual it has a beveled glass, great pair of hands and open escapement, and porcelain cartouche numerals. The only thing it is missing is the small metal cover on the back. Inside are a standing gong and an 8 day signed movement. Ly-Ansonia #1482 says this clock is “Rare”. We sold one a few years ago for near $5000. $3000-$4000.
Exceptional French 3 piece garniture set, ca 17th century. The marble base is white/pink veined with four bronze feet to support it. A cast bronze frieze stretches corner to corner. The cast bronze female figure is reclining against the clock, has a bird on her arm and a fence to her back. The bronze is signed, "Ferville.Suan" in script, and a plaque on the front is signed, " L'automne / Par Ferville-Suan". Made by Charles Georges, LeMans, France, in the Louis XVI style. The round French movement is unsigned but the serial number on the movement and the number on the pendulum are the same. That is rare that the pendulum stayed with the clock for near 200 years. The porcelain dial is very dirty and the hairlines in the porcelain are dirty. A cleaning in an ultrasonic machine would get rid of the dirt and the hairlines would hardly show. The clock is 19 inches wide and 13 inches high. The matching urns are in excellent condition, just a little dirty. There are no chips, breaks, or cracks, in the three pieces of marble. Included is a two prong key. The movement is running and striking the nickel bell. Normally this sculptures works are sold at Christie's or Sotheby's in NYC for $5,000 to $10,000. $1500-$2000.
Ansonia Clock Co. clock and statue, “Columbia”, ca 1904. Ansonia made tons of awfully fine clocks but this one gets the prize. The statue of the “Shepherd Boy” on top with horn and staff is the eye catcher and the clock itself is magnificent. There are four large friezes depicting battle scenes, one on each end and two in front. They are all very graphic and vicious if you study them. The top and base of the case are enameled iron. In between are many cast ornaments including columns and borders around the friezes. The unusual dial has porcelain cartouches, and silver hands and silver open escapement mechanism, all on a bronze colored dial background. The clock is complete and original except for the missing small metal cover over the opening in back. The movement is signed, runs 8 days and strikes on a standing gong. We have probably sold a half dozen of this model over the years, and no two have been finished the same. We have had them where the Shepherd Boy was silver, or gold, and this one is probably Syrian Bronze, which is a dark chocolate finish. The case is 25 inches high and almost 25 inches wide. You won’t need a forklift to move it but it does weigh about 70 pounds. Before people bought houses with no down payment while they had no source of income, we were selling the “Columbia” for $5000-$6000. Ly-Ansonia #1581. $3500-$4500.