Can someone please tell me what I’ve got?

PaulWeber

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Hi, I recently took a chance and bought a crystal regulator online based on some low quality pictures. I was pleasantly surprised once I got my hands on it. And after a few hours of case cleaning/polishing, the clock turned quite nice. With a slight adjustment to the crutch, it’s now running and striking.

I’ve never seen another similar crystal regulator. It’s about 13” tall. The movement is marked ”France”. But other than that, I have no idea what I have or how valuable it might be. (Though no plans to sell—it’s definitely a keeper.)

So does anyone know what I’ve got here? Thanks in advance!

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Mike Phelan

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No idea regarding price, but I'd guess that it's only relevant if you wanted to sell it.
As it has rack striking and uses a gong, about 1880 - 1900.
 

PaulWeber

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No idea regarding price, but I'd guess that it's only relevant if you wanted to sell it.
As it has rack striking and uses a gong, about 1880 - 1900.
Thanks, Mike!
I really love the look of crystal regulator clocks—as long as they’re not too ornamental (and this one is almost borderline). Since it has a French movement, does that make it a French clock? The key it came with (which may or may not be its original key) says “Made in England.” Also, does the arched style of this clock go by any particular name/category? Thanks again!
 

JTD

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Since it has a French movement, does that make it a French clock?
Probably, but it could have been a French movement which was cased in US (or anywhere).

The key it came with (which may or may not be its original key) says “Made in England.”
The key looks like a modern replacement but since the site is not working properly, I can't enlarge any of your pictures.

I think it is a very pretty clock.

JTD
 

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Paul, I think the key is possibly from USA (it's identical to the Ansonia which I have) but the clock French.
 

PaulWeber

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….And does anyone happen to who the lady is depicted on the pendulum? Can I tell my wife it’s supposed to be her? (She’s not really a fan of my clocks, so maybe that’d soften her up a bit.)

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JTD

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Here’s the key that came with it…..

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This is not the key which I see in your original post (first picture). That one is double-ended.

If this is the key that came with it, I agree it looks like keys from Ansonia, but you said it was marked 'Made in England' so maybe not.

JTD
 

PaulWeber

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deleted duplicate post.
Sorry for the confusion. The shiny double-ended key shown in the initial post goes with another nearby clock (Not pictured). I didn’t notice the key was even there when I was taking the pictures.

The duller “mouse-eared” key (that‘s stamped “Made in England”) is the key that the seller included with the clock. Again, I have no idea if it’s the original key. And I wouldn’t think a French movement would be originally mated with an English-made key. But who knows.
 

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