Ansonia kitchen clock. 8-day time and strike.
Ansonia Kitchen Clock. ca 1890.
This one is in very good condition; I don’t recall even having to clean the movement. There are no markings on the face, but it looks original.
It is possible that this clock is not Ansonia. I would have to look at the movement to see if it’s marked to be sure. Most clocks like this have faded decals on the glass; this one is in very good condition.
I don’t know why these are so popular, if I’m honest. Why they were so popular, rather. The cases are hideous. I think. I think they are hideous. They still have appeal to collectors of American clocks, though.
This is an older 8-day time and strike Ansonia long drop regulator. The movement in this one was rebuilt as there was severe rust on most of the steel components in the movement. The photos show the before and after results.
The case needed only cosmetic work such as replacing screws and minor repairs. One common problem I see in clocks such as this is the use of new ‘Philips Head’ screws to hold hinges and movements in place.
Obviously, these need to be replaced with old slot head, wood screws. I save all my old wood screws for such projects. It’s always a good idea to save old parts such as taper pins, hand washers, screws, nuts & bolts. These items are often replaced new and look obviously out of place.
Never know when you are going to come across a gem such as an Ansonia Open Escapement Movement. I purchased a box of old movements at a local auction. When I got the box home and had time to sift through, I found that most of the movements were beyond repair and could only be used for spare parts. However, there were two Ansonia movements. One was complete and one was missing some wheels and levers.
I decided to undertake a project and try to make one good working movement using parts from both movements.
This is questionably the ugliest clock in my collection.
Ansonia Kitchen Clock
American kitchen clocks are widely available and can be found at very reasonable prices. They are easy to work on and replacement parts are available at most clock supply dealers.
My fiancé dislikes this clock with a passion. She said it looks like a 10 year old made the case in a woodshop class. I don’t think Ansonia would have shared her opinion.