Antique 1882 Ansonia Blue Porcelain Mantel Clock Towanda Model
A beautiful and rare original antique Ansonia Towanda mantel clock, circa 1882.
Porcelain case in deep blue color, decorated with delicate flower paintings and golden highlights. The clock is in a very good antique condition: no chips or cracks in the case and the colors of the porcelain paintings preserved exceptionally well. There are two small areas of age related discoloration on the clock face.
The clock has its original movement mechanism, which is in working order. The clock patent date is June 18, 1882, engraved on the mechanism. The metal backing door is a replacement. The clock key is also a replacement made specifically for antique Ansonia clocks.
Height: 10.5" (26.6 cm).
Width at the bottom: 8.75" (22.2 cm).
Width of the middle part: 7.5" (19 cm).
Depth: 5.2" (13.2 cm).
Clock face diameter: 5 (12.7 cm).
The Ansonia Clock Company was one of the most important 19th century American clock manufacturers. Its 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. Terry and Andrews, who had a successful clockmaking business in Bristol, sold half of their business to Phelps in exchange for cheaper brass materials. Thus, the Ansonia Clock Company subsidiary was born. In the 1870s, the Ansonia Clock Company separated from the Ansonia Brass Company and moved part of its production to New York. The company experienced a devastating disaster in 1880 when its New York factory caught fire, causing $750,000 in damages. However, it 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.
Many Ansonia clocks are eight-day movements, meaning that they only need to be rewound every eight days. Ansonia’s 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, and regulator clocks. Ansonia was also well-known for its novelty items, such as swinging clocks that featured sculpted figurines.
Please note that due to the extra packing and special care that this clock would need for shipping, there is an additional $10 handling fee to offset the cost of packing materials.