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Ansonia striking schoolhouse/calendar clock

bikerclockguy

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I picked this one up off of Craigslist yesterday. It’s in remarkably good condition and complete, right down to having most of the original paper label intact. I’m guessing it dates to the late 19th century, as the label says “Prize medal awarded, Paris Exposition, 1878”, and it seems unlikely to me they’d be bragging about that 25 years later... I would appreciate any info in this clock in terms of age and rarity. I’m partial to Ansonias and have a pretty respectable collection, but this is the first one of these I’ve ever seen, and I’m happy to be the new owner! 284FE184-F579-487A-B184-40CAFA1E11A1.jpeg A73256A8-8CB2-49E4-8B6A-7DFADCCD684A.jpeg
 
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Bruce Alexander

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Have a little patience Biker. I'll see if I can dig up some info on your new Ansonia...
 

Bruce Alexander

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What are the case dimensions of this Calendar Drop Octagon Wall Clock? The label indicates that Ansonia was located in both New York and Connecticut. That could indicate early 1880's maybe? I'm not sure. Tran Duy Ly's illustrations are from Catalogs from the early 1900's. Looks like a nice example. Congrats on the addition to your collection.
 

bikerclockguy

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What are the case dimensions of this Calendar Drop Octagon Wall Clock? The label indicates that Ansonia was located in both New York and Connecticut. That could indicate early 1880's maybe? I'm not sure. Tran Duy Ly's illustrations are from Catalogs from the early 1900's. Looks like a nice example. Congrats on the addition to your collection.
Thanks, Bruce! From the top of the octagon to the point at the bottom of the case is 25”, and the width of the octagon is 17”. Width of the rectangular part of the case is 9 3/4”, and from the top of the rectangle to the point at the bottom is 22 1/2”
 

bikerclockguy

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I looked on antiqueansoniaclocks.com, and didn’t find the exact clock I have, but there is one in a case like mine without calendar from 1901, and one with the same dial and hands as mine, including calendar, from 1906, so that’s getting it pretty close, I think.
 

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It looks like the "12-Inch Drop Octagon--R.C." available in oak or rosewood, 12-inch dial, height 24", 8-day time or hour or half-hour strike. Available with alarm, calendar, and gong. The catalog illustration shown in Tran Duy Ly's Ansonia book is dated 1901. It's shown with a plain glass in the drop, but the smaller 10-inch Drop Octagon has the same pattern of glass as in your clock.
 

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