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    Default Old Clock found in Jacksonville, FL

    Hey Everyone,

    Today I was on a scouting trip around Jacksonville, FL and noticed some large holes dug in a public park. After founding several bottles I noticed a rectangular box with glass in it. I knew it was a clock right a way, but wasn't sure how old it was. After cleaning out the dirt and mud, I found a Trade Mark. An Ansonia clock it was, dated 1851-1929. The clock face is about 50% intact and 1 pane of glass was still in place. The entire clock mechanism is all there....I will be attempting to post some pictures of where I found the clock and the clock itself.

    Russ

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    Default Re: Old Clock found in Jacksonville, FL (By: JaxNut)

    Here are the pictures of clock
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    Default Re: Old Clock found in Jacksonville, FL (By: JaxNut)

    How sad. Looks like it was a nice little carriage clock at one time.

    They let people dig holes in public parks in Florida. :o or were they excavating to build something there?

    Missy
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    Default Re: Old Clock found in Jacksonville, FL (By: JaxNut)

    A Carriage clock, interesting...Thanks.

    The holes were already dug. They are putting in 6 or 7 new trees in the park area. I just happened to stumble across them looking for a place to metal detect. The ball park next the main park is were the trees are being planted. The workers on the site were taking bottles away in bags. So I joined in and found this clock. Any ideas about a closer date? I'm assuming it was dropped or discarded after the fire of 1901. The hole was deep with very blackened soil.

    Russ
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    Default Re: Old Clock found in Jacksonville, FL (By: JaxNut)

    Nice patina anyway...!

    Could make a nice conversation piece.

    RJ
    Good clocks always know the time, that's what they tell.

    Bad clocks get glued with macaroni, in Steampunk Hell.

    Ahh, the crunchy sound of victory https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NGaVUApDVuY

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    Default Re: Old Clock found in Jacksonville, FL (By: JaxNut)

    Russ, I don't know the dates when Ansonia made their carriage clocks. Maybe some of the experts on this board can help you with that. My wild guess would be first quarter 1900's. Here are some pictures of some Ansonia carriage clocks.

    http://www.antiqueclockspriceguide.c...&display_op=50

    If there were that many bottles at the site, it could have been an old city dump where they would occasionally burn the piles. Many years ago I dug for bottles at an old dump. That was a lot of fun (except for the worse case of poison ivy I got) and we found a lot of interesting bottles. Maybe you could judge the date of the clock by the kind of bottles that were found.

    Missy

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    Default Re: Old Clock found in Jacksonville, FL (By: JaxNut)

    This clock is the closest I found, with clock face and glass sides. The cogs are identical.
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    Default Re: Old Clock found in Jacksonville, FL (By: JaxNut)

    NICE find. I've always dreamed about finding a clock with my detector.
    Now all you have to do is put her back together and make her tick!

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    Default Re: Old Clock found in Jacksonville, FL (By: JaxNut)

    Anyone know what describes the clock "Carriage" ?? Is it the type of frame or use?

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    Default Re: Old Clock found in Jacksonville, FL (By: JaxNut)

    Russ, here is a short definition:

    Carriage clock is a small, spring-driven clock, designed for travelling, developed in the early 19th century in France. The case, usually plain or gilt-brass, is rectangular with a carrying handle and often set with glass or more rarely enamel or porcelain panels. A feature of carriage clocks is the platform escapement, sometimes visible through a glazed aperture on the top of the case.

    Patrick, I think Russ's has won the contest. His clock beats your "Mac truck attack" one all to pieces.

    Missy

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    Default Re: Old Clock found in Jacksonville, FL (By: JaxNut)

    What an amazing find, it looks a lost cause but I do hope it is not beyond restoration.

    Carriage clocks were a travelling clock as the French name for them, pendule de voyage, implies . They first appeared in the first decade of the 19thC and are attributed to the French maker Breguet.

    I have seen examples of American carriage clocks dating from the late 19thC but don't know when Ansonia starting making them.
    Jonathan.

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    Default Re: Old Clock found in Jacksonville, FL (By: JaxNut)

    Charles Allix in his book "Carriage Clocks" discusses Ansonia carriage clocks on pages 369-373 and shows catalog pages from 1886-7 and 1914. So those are the best estimate of dates when these clocks were made and available for sale. Hard to tell from your pictures whether your "find" matches any of those in the catalog illustrations. It's very interesting what one can "dig up" in a search like you did.

    Tom Wotruba

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