The Ansonia Clock Company’s 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.
Many Ansonia clocks are eight-day movements, meaning that they only need to be rewound every eight days. However, in 1875, the company developed a 30-hour, spring-driven illuminated alarm clock with a walnut veneer case. The alarm triggered a match to ignite a wick, which illuminated the clock.
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 surrounding the clock’s head, and regulator clocks like the 1886 "General" model, a brass 8-day, weight-driven clock with a cherry case and a dial that counted the seconds. Ansonia was also well-known for its novelty items, such as swinging clocks that featured sculpted figurines.
In July 1853, Ansonia showcased its cast-iron clocks, painted and decorated with mother-of-pearl, at the New York World’s Fair. It was one of three Connecticut clockmaking companies to exhibit at the Fair.
In the 1870s, the Ansonia Clock Company separated from the Ansonia Brass Company and moved part of its production to New York. Although the company continued to produce clocks in Connecticut, the New York factory, with clockmaker Henry J. Davies at the helm, employed more than twice as many workers—the majority of clocks produced from approximately 1880 on are marked "New York."
The Ansonia Clock Company experienced disaster in 1880 when its New York factory caught fire, causing $750,000 in damages. However, the factory was rebuilt at the same location a...
In addition to clocks, Ansonia began producing inexpensive, non-jeweled wristwatches in 1904. Production peaked 1914, when Ansonia was turning out 440 different models of clocks, but by 1920, that number had dropped to less than 140, and by 1927, it was under 50. In 1929, Ansonia was sold to Amtorg Trading Corporation, the Soviet Union’s U.S. trading company, but in 1969, the rights to the Ansonia name and trademarks were acquired by Ansonia Clock Co., Inc. of Lynnwood, Washington.
Key Terms for Antique Ansonia Clocks:
Ogee clock: Rectangular clock with ogee molding, which forms an S-shaped curve; the door underneath the face of the clock is often painted.
Best of the Web (“Hall of Fame”)
Antique Ansonia Clocks
National Watch and Clock Museum
National Maritime Museum
Dan and Diana's Lux Clock Collection
Detex Watchman's Clock Album
Clubs & Associations
Other Great Reference Sites
Most watched eBay auctions
Recent News: Ansonia Clocks
Source: Google News
Ansonia tops Lady RoadersEarly Bird Newspaper (press release), February 5th
The Lady Roaders Mackenzie Weldy was saddled with her third foul with more than two minutes remaining on the first period clock necessitating Coach McKee to go to his bench. She's a special kid,” said McKee. “I just walked over to her at the beginning...Read more
Fresh appeal over antique rail clock stolen in Nineties museum raidBelfast Telegraph, February 5th
"When reported to the police there were no photographs to circulate. "However, old camcorder footage of the clock has emerged, sparking a new appeal. "It's a fairly common design from the makers Ansonia," Mr Gardiner added. "It has an octagon-shaped ...Read more
Things to Do in Connecticut, Feb. 6 Through Feb. 14New York Times, February 4th
7 at 1 p.m. Ansonia Nature Center, 10 Deerfield Road. ansonianaturecenter.org; 203-736-1053. HAMDEN Winter Tree .... “From Clocks to Lollipops: Made in New Haven.” Through Sept. 3. ... STAMFORD “Watching the Clock,” group show. Feb. 13 through ...Read more
American clockCops 2.0, February 3rd
Fact|date=February 2007 In the 19th century, many clocks and watches were produced in the United States, especially in Connecticut, where many companies were formed to mass-produce quality timepieces. Makers of s included *Ansonia Clock Company, ...Read more
Lady Railroaders sink PiratesEarly Bird Newspaper (press release), February 2nd
Chelsea Gill would lob a pass over the defense to Weldy upping the Lady Railroaders lead to 14-2 bringing a timeout from the Pirates bench with 6:16 on the clock. “She (Weldy) is finally realizing how good she is,” said McKee. “I've been trying to tell...Read more
Things to Do in Connecticut, Jan. 30 Through Feb. 7New York Times, January 28th
7 at 1 p.m. Ansonia Nature Center, 10 Deerfield Road. ansonianaturecenter.org; 203-736-1053. HAMDEN Winter Tree Identification Hike, guided walk. Feb. .... “From Clocks to Lollipops: Made in New Haven.” Through Sept. 3. $2 to $4; children under 12, free...Read more
Valley looks to prosper in new economyCT Post, January 28th
The group includes towns from the former Valley Council of Governments, which included Shelton, Derby, Ansonia, Seymour, Oxford and now include Southbury, as well. The Valley's relatively compact towns make them ideal for transit-oriented development, ...Read more
Antiques: Roman warrior Ansonia clock 19th-century noveltyPress of Atlantic City, August 1st
Made at Ansonia's New York factory, your clock is one of thousands produced for the firm's late 19th-century Neoclassic mantel clock line. Figures depicted on such clocks include real and mythological heroes, important authors, actors, musicians...Read more