Ansonia alarm clock, age and composition of the body?

Sammyt97

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Hi Everyone,

I recently acquired this Ansonia Alarm clock. It needs a little bit of work, but I'm up for the challenge. Two things though, I can't find it anywhere on line and I'm wondering the age of the clock and of what the body is made. At first I thought Bronze, but I'm thinking metal now. Any help is greatly appreciated.

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Steven Thornberry

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Sammy:

Your clock is called the Bronto. It is shown in Tran Duy Ly's book on Ansonia clocks and watches from the 1914 catalogue. It could have been made several years before and after. The catalogue description mentions "Japanese bronze," which may, I suppose, be a description of the finish. The actual metal may well be spelter. I can't be sure from the pictures. The catalogue description also mentions that it has a strike as well as an alarm. It is a one-day alarm clock. It had a close cousin, shown from the same catalogue, called the Rattler. Looks like a clock made to compete with Seth Thomas' Long Alarm and Owl Alarm from about the same period.

What's the story with the alarm dial and the seconds bit? They look funky.
 

Sammyt97

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Hi Steve,

Thanks for the help with identifying the clock's name and age. I think there was some sort of water damage to the clock face. If not water, some other type. The numbers have been written over and it certainly is a mess. Under the clock I saw the strike as well as the alarm. It's a pretty neat clock. Unusual that's why I got it. Thanks for your help again.

Chris
 

ak9708524

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Thank you for the welcome JTD !
It looks like Sammyt97 made a post on April 12th this year so I do hope he sees my inquiry
 

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