Antique Ansonia carriage clock, patented March 27th 1877 (printed on the dial), which has a bell alarm in the bottom of the case. The Ansonia Clock Company (www.antiqueansoniaclocks.com) was a major 19th century American clock manufacturer. It was a prolific producer of clocks in the period between 1850, its year of incorporation, and 1929, the year the company went into receivership and sold its remaining assets to Soviet Russia.The case of the example we have here is believed to be made of plated brass with a handle on top and three glass panels to front and sides. The plating is good with some losses here and there. There is no damage to the case. The face has cherubs at the top holding a banner labelled Tempus Fugit and there is a grim reaper figure reclining at the bottom with hour glass, skull and spade. Nice crisp decoration and a very unusual design. Regarding the mechanism, the spring winds and stays wound. If you rock the balance wheel once or twice it runs for a while, the hands go around and the bell alarm trips and rings. It does run but it is a little bit hit and miss - a little TLC would go a long way. We've never seen another one of these for sale - rare!
Measures: 18h x 13w x 8.5 cm
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