3 New “Porcelain” clocks

Swanicyouth

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Won these
at auction. Didn’t mean to win 3, but that’s how it turned out.

Ansonia Wanderer. Came complete, minus key, & it works as it should. Was listed as a “Royal Bonn”, but don’t see those words on the case. No real cracks or chips on the case that are significant, but of course some crazing. Plates seem pretty bright so I’m going to assume they are lacquered. Looks like a common 8 day gong Ansonia movement.

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Gilbert marked “424” on the case. Again, sold as “Royal Bonn”, but don’t see it on the case. Came with no key or pendulum. Hung a generic random pendulum Bob & it works as it should. Gong board is loose - so strike sounds bad. No major chips or cracks to the case & dial seems original. Like these other Gilbert 8 days movements I’ve seen with a year stamped on them, this one is a bell on the half hour. Movement has “1903” stamped on it.

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New Haven next. Again, sold as RB but nothing. Came with pendulum - no key. Face seems porcelain with some cracks. Bezel is thicker than the others with thick beveled glass. No case damage just crazing. Movement is smaller, rack & snail, steel plates with brass insert bushings. Springs seem good, but escape wheel doesn’t advance. Rear door comes off after what looks like a previously failed solder repair. Gong board is a little loose, but all original fasteners seem present.

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This New Haven is my least favorite, but the one I am most curious about. I looks like there is a nine “IX” originally engraved in the case on the back below the door. Whatever that means, I’d love to know.

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They will all be cleaned & service, I’ll also replace paper faces of the 2 that applies to & polish all the brass shiny how I like it. From my initial quick peek, - nothing looks butchered, hacked, or previously poorly manipulated (minus the broken off door on the New Haven’s rear).

Total investment a little under $300. I’m 5 clocks in the hole - so these should keep me busy quite a while
 
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PatH

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Thanks for sharing your nice additions. It looks like you now have the foundation for a "collection" of porcelain cased clocks. Maybe they need some of the wider cased models to keep them company? :D

It sounds like some sellers either know that using the Royal Bonn name will net them more $$, or they don't know that Royal Bonn was a trade name for a specific German porcelain/earthenware manufacturer.
 

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