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Posted 1 year ago


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Well once again I come across Treasures at garage Sales, Auctions, Estate sales and Fall in love with a piece real fast ! My New Baby just Collected. Still researching but the Antique Porcelain face ANSONIA Iron Mantel Clock is Beautiful despite the small pits in the paint from time and it Works! appears it may need some adjustment to the Chime which is dull sounding but every half hour and on the hour it lets me know it's here. I love It !


  1. Bruce99 Bruce99, 1 year ago
    Hi Mikeigotit, welcome to the C.W. Looks like you've found an Ansonia model called the "Madrid" from circa 1886. My reference (Tran Duy Ly) states that it measures 10 1/4" high by 12 1/4" in width. Tran appraised this model at $375 for a mint example in good working order. They came with several different movement options. Yours has a very nice, clean porcelain dial with a few minor hairline cracks around the winding arbors. That's common, just try to be careful when winding it so the key doesn't slip and crack the dial further. Ansonia also offered an open escapement with this model. Here is a photo link for one which sold at auction in May of 2011: .

    Prices for antique clocks have been down in this market. With Buyer's Premium, the winner paid $150 for it.

    This was in Ansonia's category of Enameled Iron Case Mantel Clocks. Pits and chipping of the hard, baked enamel paint is also common. It's a good idea to apply some automobile wax to the enamel and exposed Iron to help protect and conserve the case/finish. Yours is really looking good for a clock which is over 125 years old!

    The bearings on your movement look like they're starting to accumulate a dried, abrasive oil "slurry", so if you're planning to keep running it, you may want to consider having it properly cleaned and lubricated. Like any mechanical device, these clocks require periodic maintenance. It seems expensive, but if you consider that it is usually only necessary every 5-10 years, it doesn't cost that much per year to enjoy these old-timers.

    Love these old-timers. Thanks for sharing yours with us!

  2. Bruce99 Bruce99, 1 year ago
    I meant to comment on the sound of the hourly strike. The cathedral bell, or 'gong', usually has a nice resonance in these iron clocks if it is firmly attached to the wood sounding board (on the bottom of the case) and if the sounding board, in turn, is firmly attached to the iron case. Cracks in the sounding board can cause problems with the sound of the hourly strike. So... if everything is firmly attached with no cracks, the next thing to look at would be the hammer tip. It should be made of leather. Leather gives a nice mellow sound. The harder the leather, the sharper and louder is the sound of the strike. The leather eventually wears out with time and the metal hammer starts to strike the gong. That results in a "clanky" sound. The leather should be replaced when that starts to happen.

  3. mikeigotit mikeigotit, 1 year ago
    Thx. For sharing the knowledge and educating me on this new addition ! love you guys on this site, always so encouraging to visit Collectors Weekly family. Thanks Again.
  4. Moonstonelover21 Moonstonelover21, 1 year ago
    WOWOWOWOWOW Love the clock!!!!!
  5. PhilDavidAlexanderMorris PhilDavidAlexanderMorris, 1 year ago
    Really like the Egyptian design element here in the clock. I used to love watching Sanford, but it was a later reruns of the show. Redd was a handsome man when he was young also I see in 1966.
  6. Bruce99 Bruce99, 1 year ago
    You're very welcome. One other thing about the gong, you said that it sounds "dull". That could mean that the hammer is not bouncing off of the gong. If the hammer just hits the gong and stays against it, the resulting sound would be dull or muffled. When the hammer is at rest, there should be a very slight space between the hammer's striking surface and the gong. Somewhere between 1/32" and 1/16" should be good. Thanks again for sharing.

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