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    Default Hello from a new person

    Hi everyone, I really love mechanical clocks, and I have four of them.
    A Sessions Tambour, A Hermle that I bought back in 1994, a cheap
    Chinese knock off, and my most favorite, my grandmother/grandfathers
    Ansonia "Africa".
    I just got the Ansonia back from the clock repair place yesterday. The estimate
    on the repair was 8 months because they were back logged. They got it
    back to me in 7 months, I was thrilled!.
    What I was told was interesting about this Ansonia "Africa" was that it
    has an alarm. I looked at the catalog for Ansonia clocks, and it does not give
    that option for this clock.
    Someone long ago broke the original frosted glass, so just plain glass was
    put in its place. unfortunately, when the frosted glass was ordered for it, it
    was 1/2 inch too short. All the glass is the same size, 8x14. I was very
    disappointed. However; there is a place I know of that does glass etching.
    I was told that if I email him a picture, it could be done. I have seen their
    work, and its beautiful!.
    What do you think of this option? Should I go for glass etching, or keep the plain
    glass?.

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    Default Re: Hello from a new person (By: thewiseknitter)

    Hello and welcome to the NAWCC forum- a lot of good information here. In your case I would assume the clock has a lot of sentimental value to you. The cost of the etching could be very high much more than the dollar value of your clock, but that decision is up to you.

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    Default Re: Hello from a new person (By: jacks61fd)

    Hi jacks61fd, thank you for your welcome. I did a little research, and found that there are glass transfers, though I don't know if it would look too cheesy.

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    Default Re: Hello from a new person (By: thewiseknitter)

    Quote Originally Posted by thewiseknitter View Post
    Hi jacks61fd, thank you for your welcome. I did a little research, and found that there are glass transfers, though I don't know if it would look too cheesy.
    The transfers for the glass actually look OK. I've done a few in my time and found them acceptable.

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    Default Re: Hello from a new person (By: roughbarked)

    I found one online that I liked and fits the glass. I ordered it, and
    so its just a wait and see if I like it.

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    Default Re: Hello from a new person (By: thewiseknitter)

    You know, I never thought about this till now. What will happen to my beautiful clocks when
    I'm gone. Mind you, I still have quite a ways to go, but still.
    My husband and I have no children. Hubby has a son, but I don't know that I would want him to have
    them. I have a niece and a nephew, but again, how do I know they will appreciate them as much
    as I do?. There is no one on my husbands side of the family, who I would give them to. 'sigh'
    Has any of you made provisions for your clocks?.
    I guess its just a matter of enjoying them while you can, cause you sure can't take them with you.

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    Default Re: Hello from a new person (By: thewiseknitter)

    I guess its just a matter of enjoying them while you can, cause you sure can't take them with you.
    Good advise. I suppose mine will just end up at a big clock auction when I am gone.
    harold bain, Member ch 33
    "If it won't "tick",
    let me "tock" to it"

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    Default Re: Hello from a new person (By: thewiseknitter)

    Send them to auction.

    If the relatives have any interest in them, they will bid.

    I have seen this done with a complete estate in order to eliminate any bickering between the kids.

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    Default Re: Hello from a new person (By: Dick C)

    Here are my clocks from left to right:
    Hermle, Chinese knock off( I don't know what else to call it) Sessions Tambour, and the Ansonia 'Africa'Click image for larger version. 

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    Default Re: Hello from a new person (By: thewiseknitter)

    A nice looking quartet, thewiseknitter. I especially like the "Africa". I often wonder how some of these clocks attain their names. I have an Ansonia "Alaska", and there's nothing cold, foreboding, or desolate in its appearance.
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    Default Re: Hello from a new person (By: stewey)

    Love that Ansonia. I know my step kids may like some, but not all of my clocks and watches. Heck, I have nearly 200 year old family stuff, but no natural children of my own. My brothers kids, I wouldn't leave them an antique penny, they'd stick it in a gumball machine, my other nieces and nephews so far have shown no interest but I guess, once I am gone, who cares, right. Can't take it with me. Heck, with the price of health care now, I will probably have to sell them for pennies on the dollar just to pay for a can of cat food to eat when I am 80.

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    Default Re: Hello from a new person (By: richiec)

    As a little girl, we lived with my grandmother for a while. I remember the Ansonia on the dinning room
    mantle. Listening to the ticktock late at night. It was kind of a comforting thing to hear.
    My dad gave one of my older brothers his ships bell. I loved that clock too. As a child I used to take it
    off the mantle, which was quite a feat, because it had a heavy brass tambour case, and polish it with
    brass cleaner.
    For a long time it stood silent. My brother didn't want to hear all the sequence of bells ringing all the time.
    But the last time I talked to him, he said he had it running.

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    Default Re: Hello from a new person (By: thewiseknitter)

    thew,
    Your 4 clocks would be a good cross section of mantle clocks that I might see in my shop.#
    As far as that glass, the old one is lost forever and the plain glass looks OK. I find it best to NOT spend a lot of money and time in a mad rush to find a replacement. Just enjoy what you have and sooner or later you will run across a nice replacement glass (new or old). Not very often now, but ocasionally someone will reproduce or import a batch of glasses, silk screened or etched.
    Willie X

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    Default Reproduction (By: thewiseknitter)

    When I posted a picture of one one my mantle clocks, I called it
    a Chinese knock off.
    Instead I'm going to call it what it is, a reproduction.
    What I would like to know is, what is it a reproduction of?
    Here is the picture again.Click image for larger version. 

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    Default Re: Reproduction (By: thewiseknitter)

    I have merged the two threads into one to keep things together
    A man with a clock always knows the time. A man with two clocks is never sure.

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