Ansonia porcelain clock French style movement

Swanicyouth

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Picked this up at auction for fairly inexpensively, as that’s how they usually go if the word “broken” is anywhere in the description. It was marked “broken spring”.



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It’s marked Ansonia on the porcelain face and round movement, but I can’t seem to find another like it online. Case has no markings of Royal Bonn or other.

Oddly, this is how the broken spring was in the case when I received it

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Unlike most American clocks, the back cover flips up & not to the side to gain access to movement.

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Movement plates seem well polished & shiny - so I’m assuming they are coated or lacquered? Anyone ever work on an Ansonia movement like this? Dial seems porcelain. Clock is full size; maybe 11” high
 

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I believe this is the “La Salle”. Look on the underside of the case for the letters KPM which is this company; KPM Porcelain - Designer Biography and Price History on 1stDibs I have two Ansonias with the smaller cases than the Royal Bonn, and both were made by KPM. I have serviced both movements for my cases. I remember struggling with the first one, getting the hammer paddle to rest in the correct position at the end of the strike. The second one was much easier.
 
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Thank you so much. Once you gave me the name it was easier to find. Hopefully it wont be impossible to find the spring I need. Ain’t gonna be no repairing this one.
 

John Arrowood

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Are the springs in barrels? I'm surprised the case didn't get broken into small bits when the spring broke.
 

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There is a board on the bottom that hold the gong base and four screws or nuts. The movement will drop down. First you will need to remove the dial and rear access door. Be careful, because the screws are held in place with small dowel pins in the porcelain. The movement may be different than yours. You should take the time to clean these porcelain cases in mild sudsy water. You will be surprised how dingy they can be. I did disassembly on an old towel to prevent damage. Keep us posted with pictures

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On my “La Salle” the movement is held in with the strap system like a French clock. I see the straps on the OP’s last photo. The movement comes out the front opening. The springs are open, so must be wound to easily get the movement out. It is a good idea to remove the sound board and gong, or at least remove the gong to make it easier to see where things need to be while trying to maneuver the movement out. These cases by KPM are smaller than Royal Bonn’s. About 3/4 the size.
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Tracerjack is giving me some help with this clock - thanks. I cleaned the outside of the case with a magic eraser, which is my choice for this type of stuff & it looks pretty nice. The springs are not in barrels.

Oddly enough, I just won 3 more of these ceramic type clocks with low bids: an Ansonia RB, a New Haven, & a Gilbert
 

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