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    Posted 7 years ago

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    I bought this marble Ansonia clock from an estate sale. It is not working now. The previous owner is an antique collector in Annapolis, MD. It says PATENTED 18 JUNE 1882. Any ideas about this clock.
    Thank you so much!

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    1. slackjack, 7 years ago
      The suspension rod is missing. Do you have the pendulum?
    2. smallmonster1981, 7 years ago
      This is all i have. Any chance for it to work? It is so crazy to buy an item that you know nothing about it. My husband also bought another clock that is not working.
    3. Bruce99 Bruce99, 7 years ago
      You have an Ansonia "El Noria" (No. 1074) Marble Case Mantel Clock featuring the Brocot or Open Escapement.

      It's from circa 1901.

      It wasn't cheap as it listed for $18.80 back then which would be the equivalent of over $500 in 2013.

      As slackjack has pointed out, you appear to be missing a couple of important parts. If they are not tucked away in the bottom of the case they can be replaced without too much difficulty but if you want it to work, you should try to find a good clock maker to go over it.

      There's a nice summary of the Ansonia Clock Company on the Collectors Weekly website here:

      Hope that solves your Mystery. Very nice clock. Thanks for sharing it.
    4. Bruce99 Bruce99, 7 years ago
      P.S., Your clock also appears to be missing the back door, gong and possibly the gong hammer. It's hard to tell from the photo. The door is important as it helps to keep dust out. No problem replacing it. The gong can also be found...a little harder than the rest. The hardest part to replace/fabricate would be the gong (or strike) hammer. It will probably take some doing to get it back up and running but it's possible. As far as current market value is concerned, very generally speaking Ansonia Black Marble Mantel Clocks seem to be selling for around $150 give or take $75. Since yours is incomplete and not running it would be on the lower end of that range. Search "Sold" listings on eBay for "Ansonia Marble Clock"

      It's a very nice decorative piece as is. Just clean it up. Nothing harsh or abrasive. Just wipe it down and try not to get the marble joints wet. Then apply a little black shoe polish to the black finish. That should bring out a nice shine and even out the color a little.
    5. smallmonster1981, 7 years ago
      Thank you all for your help. I really appreciate!
    6. Vintage_Joe Vintage_Joe, 7 years ago
      My opinion is fix this clock it is valuable and well made.
      Then you get very nice timepiece for years to come.
    7. Bruce99 Bruce99, 7 years ago
      You're very welcome smallmonster1981!
    8. smallmonster1981, 7 years ago
      Thanks Joe. I'm a foreigner in Washington DC. I hope i can find a good clock repair shop with reasonable price as i also have another not-working clock.
    9. Bruce99 Bruce99, 7 years ago
      My advice would be to contact your local chapter of the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors. Here is a link to their website:

      Perhaps one of the chapter members or officers can get you pointed in the right direction.

      Good luck.
    10. smallmonster1981, 7 years ago
      Bruce99, you are so great! Thank you for your guide.

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