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smallmonster1981's items2 of 3"1999 Turn of the Century" Ridgeway Grandfather ClockAnsonia clock
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    Posted 7 years ago

    smallmonst…
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    It looks as though the clock lost the face. I can't find the brand or model of the clock. It does not work. When i moved the minute hand, i heard the running motor and the ting-ting sound . That's all i know about this clock.
    Please, please teach me about this clock.
    Thanks

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    1. Bruce99 Bruce99, 7 years ago
      Another beauty!

      The general case style is something I would call a "Tambour", but it appears to be made of black slate or perhaps marble.

      The middle of the dial is made that way because the clock has a visible (aka Open or Brocot) escapement like your Ansonia "El Noria" except this clock's centerpiece is not white porcelain-enamel. I'm guessing that at one time it was highly polished brass which would have provided a mirror-like surface to help feature the escapement. This may be a French Clock with a Time and Strike movement...perhaps 8-day. French clocks can be very difficult to positively identify and date.

      This clock appears to have a pendulum. If so, be sure to remove the pendulum when moving the clock. It hangs on something called a suspension spring. It can be hard to get to. You should be able to unscrew the cup bell which will give you good access. There may also be additional information stamped on the back movement plate which is hidden behind the bell. I see a few numbers, but that's all.

      From your description, it sounds like everything is there. It probably just needs a good cleaning/overhaul and case clean up.

      Thanks for sharing.
    2. smallmonster1981, 7 years ago
      Bruce99, everything you said are right. It is made of marble, the front face is brass. It has a pendulum, but i don't know how to remove it when moving. all information about the clock is the number 588 on the movement plate.
      Thanks, i learned a lot from you.
    3. smallmonster1981, 7 years ago
      i've looked back the advertisement on the estate sale where i bought the clock, i found the following clock names: England Glover Leicesten Grandfather, Alfa, W. Clough Leeds, H.A.C. 1 Day Strike, Asonia Clock Company, John Fish Medborn English Grandmother, Schatz, English Clario, English Regulator, New Haven USA. Do you have any idea?
    4. Bruce99 Bruce99, 7 years ago
      No, sorry. None of those names and manufacturers click with what I'm seeing. If you unscrew the bell there may be more information behind it. Perhaps another collector who is more familiar with this style will weigh in.
    5. Vintage_Joe Vintage_Joe, 7 years ago
      H.A.C or HAU is Hamburg American Clock Co. Is german clock factory which made the clocks for export to America. These are very good quality clocks.
      They eventually merged with Junghans in 1930.
    6. Bruce99 Bruce99, 7 years ago
      Is this the H.A.C. 1-Day Strike clock then?
    7. Vintage_Joe Vintage_Joe, 7 years ago
      Yes it is.
    8. smallmonster1981, 7 years ago
      Thank you Bruce99 and Vintage-Joe. I really appreciated.
    9. Bruce99 Bruce99, 7 years ago
      I would really like to see what's stamped in brass behind that cup bell but if you're not comfortable removing it, that's fine. You really shouldn't move the clock with the pendulum still hanging on the suspension spring though so you should get comfortable with it....in my opinion anyway. Thanks again for sharing.

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