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    Posted 2 years ago

    Bruce99
    (12 items)

    Hello Fellow Collectors,

    Today we would like to share with you one of our prized Ansonia Clocks.

    The model is called "Crystal Regulator No. 4". It is from circa 1906 and can be found on page 136 of noted authority Tran Duy Ly's book Ansonia Clocks and Watches. At one time, this model appraised at $3,600. Since then we've gone through a Recession and who knows where things will settle after this Covid-19 Pandemic is finally under control, but market value really doesn't matter to us as this clock will be something that our children will have to deal with when we're no longer around. This model originally listed for about $32.00. Adjusted for inflation that would be the equivalent of about $910 in 2020, so this clock has still held its original value if not appreciated in value even in today's market.

    Ansonia offered a series of eight different Royal Bonn Porcelain Crystal Regulators. In my experience, the No. 7 and No. 8 seem to be less common models. They listed for more at up to $45-$55 depending on several optional "upgrades". Adjusted for inflation certain versions of the No. 7 would have originally listed for $1,550 in 2020 Dollars. Here's a link to photo of a No. 7 which auctioned for $3,600 in October of 2018: https://p1.liveauctioneers.com/289/128609/65426035_1_x.jpg?auto=webp&format=pjpg&version=1538482822

    These Crystal Regulators are doubly collectible since the combine Royal Bonn Porcelain Top and Bottoms, along with a decorated gold plated Crystal Regulator, an Open Escapement (Brocot) movement featuring Ruby Pallets, a Porcelain Enamel Double Dial, and an ornate simulated mercury vial Pendulum.

    Pendulums containing real mercury can often still be found in French Crystal Regulators. The Mercury expands and contracts significantly with temperature changes. These changes help the pendulum keep a constant center of gravity which in turn enables a clock so equipped to keep time more accurately when indoor temperatures fluctuated as they did before the days of modern climate controlled living spaces. Mercury was known to be a hazardous material by the time this Ansonia was manufactured so simulated Mercury (Steel Slugs or Cylinders) were used instead.

    Even with the simulated Mercury Pendulum, this is a good mechanical Timekeeper, staying accurate to within about a minute or two over the course of it's 8-day wind down. It has been completely serviced. We've had it for about 10 years now, and mostly have it on static display.

    Because of the painted flower design, my wife (who found it) named it "Rose". I suppose that Rose is really her clock. I just take care of her. That seems to be a pretty common theme around this house. When did that happen??? :)

    We hope that you have enjoyed our Ansonia Crystal Regulator No. 4.

    Thank you for your time.

    Bruce

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    1. Bruce99 Bruce99, 2 years ago
      Thank you for the "Love it" clicks Brunswick and Watchsearcher!
    2. Trey Trey, 2 years ago
      Love that Green :)
    3. Bruce99 Bruce99, 2 years ago
      Many thanks to
      Broochman
      Newfld (as always)
      Cokeman1959
      Ben
      glassiegirl
      kwqd
      blunderbuss2
      vetraio50
      trey
      Vynyl33rpm
      and Mrstyndall
      for your "Love it" clicks
      Thanks again glassiegirl and Trey for your very kind remarks.
      We're happy to know that you've all enjoyed the Posting. :)
    4. Hoot60, 2 years ago
      That is one good looking clock! Nice!!
    5. Bruce99 Bruce99, 2 years ago
      Thank you Hoot60 for the kind comment and "Love it" click
      also, thank you to TreasureTex and Fortapache
      Bruce
    6. Trey Trey, 2 years ago
      That pretty Green reminds me of my favorite truck

      https://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/117249-1920s-shell-sign?in=liked-all-time
    7. Bruce99 Bruce99, 2 years ago
      Hi Trey. Thanks for that comment and link. Wow! That's a lot of folk's favorites. :)
    8. Bruce99 Bruce99, 2 years ago
      Thank you Mrstyndall
    9. Bruce99 Bruce99, 2 years ago
      As always, thank you for stopping by Officialfuel! Glad you liked our Ansonia Crystal Regulator.
    10. Bruce99 Bruce99, 1 year ago
      Thanks charcoal!
    11. Bruce99 Bruce99, 1 year ago
      Thank you for the "Love it" click Russ. Glad you like our Ansonia.
    12. Bruce99 Bruce99, 1 year ago
      Thanks michaeln544!
    13. Bruce99 Bruce99, 1 year ago
      Thank you for the "Love it" clicks:
      Dschmid
      mrcolorz
      TheGateKeeper.
      Much appreciated. :)
    14. Bruce99 Bruce99, 1 year ago
      Thank you MarmorealMaiden!
    15. Bruce99 Bruce99, 1 year ago
      Thank you for the "Love it" Dschmid!
    16. RichmondLori RichmondLori, 1 year ago
      Enjoyed.
    17. Bruce99 Bruce99, 1 year ago
      Thank you for your "Love it" clicks and for your very kind remarks dav2no1 and RichmondLori! Much appreciated.
    18. Bruce99 Bruce99, 1 year ago
      Thank you Lamplover78! Much appreciated.
    19. Bruce99 Bruce99, 1 year ago
      Thank you MarmorealMaiden and Vynil33rpm for your Love its. Glad that you enjoyed our posting.
    20. Bruce99 Bruce99, 1 year ago
      Thanks again Cokeman1959 for stopping by and for your "Love it" Click. Very much appreciated! :)
    21. ho2cultcha ho2cultcha, 1 year ago
      Wow! what a beauty!
    22. Bruce99 Bruce99, 1 year ago
      Thank you RichmondLori for your "Love it" click.
      Thank you ho2cultcha for your very kind comments and for your "Love it" click too.
      I'm happy to know that you enjoyed the posting of our Ansonia Porcelain No. 4.
    23. Newfld Newfld, 12 months ago
      Merry Christmas Bruce and every happiness in the New Year
    24. Bruce99 Bruce99, 12 months ago
      Hi Newfld! Thank you for stopping by with your "Love it" click, and for your wonderful Season's Greetings. I wish the same for you. Thanks again!
    25. Bruce99 Bruce99, 11 months ago
      Hey Russ. Thanks for dropping by and for your "Love it" click of approval. Glad you liked our Ansonia Regulator No. 4. We went to an auction during a snow storm to get it. :)
    26. Steve74 Steve74, 11 months ago
      What is the best crystal regulator made (in your opinion) for looks and presence . Its hard to find gifts when your parents are dealers too . I want to buy them a really special clock . Thanks in advance for any ideas . Steve
    27. Bruce99 Bruce99, 11 months ago
      Hello Steve74,
      In my opinion Ansonia made some of the nicest American Crystal Regulators.
      Much depends upon your parents personal tastes, your budget and the time you have to find what you're looking for. You're an Antique Dealer so you know that a particular model may not come on to market very often. Top of the line clocks in excellent condition are rare and expensive. Here's an online catalog of Ansonia Clocks: http://www.antiqueansoniaclocks.com/Ansonia-Clock-Model-Names.php
      Hope that helps. If you have more questions, please post your e-mail address and I'll contact you directly. Once I have your address I can remove it from public view if you wish.
      Regards,
      Bruce
    28. Bruce99 Bruce99, 9 months ago
      Alfie21
      Shuzbut
      mrcolorz
      Thank you all for stopping by and for your "Love it" clicks!
    29. toolate2 toolate2, 9 months ago
      Amazing clock! Thanks for sharing it.
    30. Bruce99 Bruce99, 9 months ago
      Hey Nathan! It's good to see you! Thanks for stopping by, for the "Love it" click and for your kind comments. :)
    31. Bruce99 Bruce99, 8 months ago
      Kerry10456! My God, man it's good to see you are alive and kicking! Thanks for stopping and for your "Love it" click! You just helped to make my day. :)
      Thank you ho2culture, too. It's always good to see you as well. Thanks for the Love.
    32. Bruce99 Bruce99, 7 months ago
      Russ and Inky, Thank you for the "Love its". Glad you enjoyed our Ansonia Porcelain Regulator! :)
    33. Bruce99 Bruce99, 7 months ago
      Thank you for stopping by and for the "Love it" click of approval Eclecticrazy29.
      Much appreciated!
    34. Bruce99 Bruce99, 7 months ago
      Thank you Sean.
    35. Bruce99 Bruce99, 5 months ago
      Thank you Damonways! Glad you enjoyed our Ansonia clock.
    36. Bruce99 Bruce99, Yesterday
      vcal and ho2cultcha, Thank you! :)
      Much appreciated.

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