Ansonia Office Regulator. ca 1901.

My Ansonia Office Regulator.

Ansonia Office Regulator. ca 1901.

Ansonia Office Regulator. ca 1901.

This style of clock is sometimes referred to as a school house clock. Typically, they come in two designs:  long drop and short drop. My favorite are the long drop because I prefer the larger style clock cases. Also, some of these have the more robust movements.

This particular clock was not in working order when I acquired it. One will find that most antique clocks have been worked on previously and some of the repairs are of questionable workmanship. Keep in mind that previous owners of these clocks were not collectors but users who relied daily upon these time pieces as their sole reference to time.

Many people in post-war Europe had little money and would often make repairs to these clocks with little more that what was available in the garden shed. I have seen some very resourceful repairs. I recall one of my clocks has a bushing repaired by using a broken piece of an hour hand placed under the pivot to push the pivot back up to its original location and then riveted into place. A unique repaired that still works today.

Having said that, we do not live in post war Europe. So, buy bushing tools if you wish to do a similar repair!

The inscription on the face reads ‘W.E. Harrison; Stockton-on-Tees’. We did a little digging with the Stockton Borough Council and thanks to their extremely helpful Webmaster Judi Asquith, we discovered that “in 1901, there was a William E. Harrison (watchmaker and jeweler) who had a shop at 99 High Street, Stockton.”

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