Ansonia Mahogany Wall Regulator "Santa Fe"

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I purchased this Ansonia Mahogany Wall Regulator "Santa Fe" model at auction. I am picking it up later this week. Original 10" paper dial is a little faded, black numerals, sub seconds and blued spade hands; brass 8 day weight driven time only movement signed "Ansonia Clock Co." Graham deadbeat escapement, brass covered side weights and ebonized stick with brass covered bob. In a mahogany wall hanging case with swirling filigree carved crest over a spindled section, long turned corner columns and teardrop acorn finials over a turned crossbar at the bottom. Enhanced original finish, good overall condition, running; dial has some damage & wear to the paper.

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Very nice clock Russell, it reminds me of a Seth Thomas, the case. Great find.
 
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Don what kind of regulator are you looking for?
 

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Very nice, I like it. I've been hoping for a large regulator to come my way, nothing yet.
Yeah I love them too. I have been waiting 2 months for this auction. This was one of the clocks I hoped to score. I was also wanted to land a E Howard #70, not this time I guess. There is something about walking into a room with a large regulator in it, they have such a commanding presence. This one is roughly 4' long by 18" wide by 9 " deep. The only draw back is where to put them. I am going to have to do some shuffling around.
 
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Very nice clock Russell, it reminds me of a Seth Thomas, the case. Great find.
Yeah you are right it does sort of look like a #17. I remember when was a child visiting a family friends house and they had a beautiful Santa Fe. I remember standing in front of it in awe of its size watching the pendulum, and trying to look up behind the dial and figure out how it worked, so it feels good to have one of my own.
 
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My clock looks good in it's new home. It didnt take too much to get it working. A cable got twisted around one of the pulleys. I will probably get the dial restored. It is in rough shape.

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sounds like Russel went shopping at Fontaine's this week. there were some really nice regulators in that auction. does anyone here know the story behind this collection? i think this santa fe was well bought even if it does have issues. that Howard #70 seemed a good price too? i have never actually purchased a clock from an auction of this type, though i have thrown out a bid or two. congratulations. i am sure you will have it in ship shape before you know it.

hard to tell from the auction pics, but my guess is the cabient is mahogany.
 
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sounds like Russel went shopping at Fontaine's this week. there were some really nice regulators in that auction. does anyone here know the story behind this collection? i think this santa fe was well bought even if it does have issues. that Howard #70 seemed a good price too? i have never actually purchased a clock from an auction of this type, though i have thrown out a bid or two. congratulations. i am sure you will have it in ship shape before you know it.

hard to tell from the auction pics, but my guess is the cabient is mahogany.
You are correct. I did get it at Fontains. There were 2 #1s and a E Howard #70 that bidded on with no luck. I was very fortunate to get a very good price on this Santa Fe. There was a weight driven sb Terry I missed out on that went really cheap. These auctions are tricky I have bought clocks from many of them. Often times what happens is you get a great price on a clock and the pack and ship places kill ya on the shipping. I was fortunate to not live too far from fontains so I saved a lot of money picking it up. I was told the case is mahogany in bright light looks a little like walnut.
 
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My clock looks good in it's new home. It didnt take too much to get it working. A cable got twisted around one of the pulleys. I will probably get the dial restored. It is in rough shape.

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Are you talking about someone conserving the dial or total replacement? Replacing the dial hurts the value, plus they never look right. Strengthening the roman numerals 6-8 would be as far as I would go. Just my opinion.
 

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Are you talking about someone conserving the dial or total replacement? Replacing the dial hurts the value, plus they never look right. Strengthening the roman numerals 6-8 would be as far as I would go. Just my opinion.
Yes! I agree. Just touch up numbers if anything.
 

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Are you talking about someone conserving the dial or total replacement? Replacing the dial hurts the value, plus they never look right. Strengthening the roman numerals 6-8 would be as far as I would go. Just my opinion.
I will bring the dial into this fella i know that does restoration work and see what is possible. You cant see in the photo but there is some large cracks in the original dial material and alot of discoloration too. I think someone discolored it in their attempts to fix the cracking.
 

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Nice catch! I bought a nice Santa Fe about a year ago and have enjoyed it a lot. My dial has a small piece missing just inside the 9 and a tiny bit of discoloration, but it says correct and original to me. You'll find other posts about the reproduction Santa Fe's on here and to me these signs of age just verify the clock's authenticity. I hope you enjoy seeing it every time you go up the stairs :)
 
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Nice catch! I bought a nice Santa Fe about a year ago and have enjoyed it a lot. My dial has a small piece missing just inside the 9 and a tiny bit of discoloration, but it says correct and original to me. You'll find other posts about the reproduction Santa Fe's on here and to me these signs of age just verify the clock's authenticity. I hope you enjoy seeing it every time you go up the stairs :)
Oh I am enjoying it. My wife giggles at me because I like to look at it as I'm brushing my teeth at night' lol
 
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