American Shelf Clocks

Note: most wood-cased American shelf clocks are in the lower section of this page.

JLO-42902
$250
Seth Thomas “Eclipse” in Solid Walnut. c.1895

Seth Thomas “Eclipse” in Solid Walnut   ~ Antique Clocks Guy

Seth Thomas “Eclipse” in Solid Walnut   ~ Antique Clocks Guy

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Seth Thomas “Eclipse” in Solid Walnut   ~ Antique Clocks Guy

Seth Thomas “Eclipse” in Solid Walnut   ~ Antique Clocks Guy

 

The Seth Thomas "Eclipse" mantle clock stands head and shoulders above most other production models as one of their most popular and sought-after clocks.

This one, in a nice mellow-brown walnut case has a pierce carved and arched crest with spherical beaded top and incised side corbels and reverse gilt decorated door glass.

The pendulum that Seth Thomas used on these clocks was their special, extra fancy design with a decorative insert in the center that is itself a collectable!

Physical: The walnut case, which measures 15.5"w x 24.5"h x 4.75"d is in excellent physical condition and has the original finish. The 5" diameter dial with ST logo is also original to the clock.

Mechanical: The eight-day time and gong-strike movement (half and hour) has been lubricated and is in excellent running condition.

There is an alarm mechanism which was rarely used by owners because they rang continuously until completely wound down. But you can be sure that the person who needed to get up did not miss the alarm... nor did anyone else in the house!

Comments: Wonderful clock. GREAT glass, great pendulum, "readable" label. Great price. What are you waiting for... time? (!) Call or e-mail to make it your own.

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Description

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Front View
Front Left
Front Right
Crown
Dial
Glass - Front
Glass - Back
Label
Pendulum
Back

Reference
Ly, T.D., Seth Thomas Clocks & Movements 3rd Ed Vol 2, 2004, p.724

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JLO-42918
$200
Seth Thomas City Series “Omaha”

Seth Thomas City Series "Omaha" in Mahogany ~ Antique Clocks Guy

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Seth Thomas City Series "Omaha" in Mahogany ~ Antique Clocks Guy

 

We have just listed a batch of mostly Seth Thomas clocks for a local collector who is moving and who is more interested in finding "good homes" for his clocks than in reaping a big profit. Refreshing. His investment, your reward...!

This clock is from the "
City Series" that was so popular that we have a page about them in the Reference Library of our site. Check it out!

Physical: The mahogany case is in excellent age-appropriate physical condition and retains the original finish. It measures 10.75"w x 19"h x 4.5"d. The 5" dial is original to the clock and retains the original paint.


The damascened pendulum (very cool) is original to the clock as well. The original label remnant is present in the base of the clock.

Mechanical: The movement was removed from the case and cleaned in a heated ultrasonic cleaner by one of our technicians, then lubricated. As you can see in the photo above, it is clean as a whistle. It originally had an alarm function, but that has been removed (typical). The alarms were 1) annoying; and 2) did not shut off until they ran down and required the spring to be rewound daily. Enough already! The movement is in excellent running condition and features a very sonorous "cathedral gong" that you can see and hear in this YouTube film clip.

Comments: Nice clock. AMAZING price.

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Description

View

Front Left
Front Right
Crown
Left Side
Right Side
Glass - Front
Glass - Back
Dial
Pendulum/Label
Movement
YouTube Film Clip

Reference
Ly, T.D., Seth Thomas Clocks & Movements 3rd Ed Vol 1, 2004, p.202

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BAF-0205
$2,650
Ansonia “Helmsman” Industrial Clock
with Animated Ship Wheel, c.1884

Ansonia "Helmsman" Industrial/Mechanical Clock ~ Antique Clocks Guy

 

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Original Catalogue Drawing: Ansonia "Helmsman" Industrial/Mechanical Clock ~ Antique Clocks Guy

(original catalogue)

CLICK TO SEE IT RUNNING!

 

To our knowledge, this is the only clock that Ansonia categorized as a "Mechanical". It was their answer to the French "Industrial" clocks (animated) that were all the rage in the late 1800s and occupies its own page in the book devoted to Ansonia clocks.

While this model is very unusual to find at all, most of them don't work; this clock is a fine working example as you can see in the YouTube link.

The black enamelled iron case is topped with two helmsmen with dolphins at the fore and flag at the stern. The ship's wheel moves back and forth between the hands of the sailors.

Physical: The black iron case, which measures 15"w x 18.75"h x 6"d has been thoroughly cleaned and retains its original finish. The figures and other mounts are original to the case and retain their original finish. The 5.5" diameter signed (Ansonia and their logo) porcelain dial is in excellent condition and is original as are the hands.

Mechanical: The eight-day time and gong-strike (half hour and hour) movement has recently been overhauled by a top professional. It is in excellent mechanical condition, keeping time and striking correctly. The ship's wheel correctly rocks back and forth in the opposite direction of the pendulum. As you see in the photo just above, from the top you can view the escapement as it moves the wheel.

Comments: What a great clock! This one will be sure to attract much attention. Are you a yachtsman, or just an admirer? Doesn't matter. You and your family and friends will be enchanted with this clock. Ahoy, mate, give us a call to dock it in your port!

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Description

View

Front View
Back View
Top-Down
Upper Section
Midsection
Dial
Mov
ement
Video


Reference
Ly, T.D., Ansonia Clocks and Watches, 1998, p.363

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ANS-1020
$1,075
Ansonia “ La Nord” Porcelain, c.1904
Very Special Color

Ansonia “ La Nord” Porcelain, c.1904 - Antique Clocks Guy

Ansonia “ La Nord” Porcelain, c.1904 - Antique Clocks Guy

Ansonia “ La Nord” Porcelain, c.1904 - Antique Clocks Guy

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(original catalogue – 1904)

Ansonia “ La Nord” Porcelain, c.1904 - Antique Clocks Guy

 

Here is one of the most visually pleasing of the wide variety of German Royal-Bonn porcelain cases made for the Ansonia Clock Co. of New York. The very special and unusual gray-green color of this clock makes it extremely desirable.

Physical: The porcelain case is in excellent physical condition without repairs. It measures 14.5"w x 11.75"h x 5"d. The 5" diameter porcelain dial with exposed escapement is also in excellent physical condition.

Mechanical: The eight-day, spring-driven movement with exposed escapement (with jeweled pallets) was recently professionally overhauled and is in excellent mechanical condition, ready for years of great service for you.

Comments: This is a gorgeous clock that will go blend marvelously with most color schemes in your home or office. Give us a call to start the process.

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Description

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Front View
Front Left
Left
Right
Base
Dial
Back
Royal
Bonn Signature
Movement

Reference
Ly, T.D., Ansonia Clocks and Watches, 1998, p.607

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TFR-1022
$3,150

Ansonia “Excelsior” Crystal Regulator, c.1904 – Antique Clocks Guy

Ansonia “Excelsior” Crystal Regulator, c.1904 – Antique Clocks Guy
(note: pendulum off in photos above and below)

Ansonia “Excelsior” Crystal Regulator, c.1904 – Antique Clocks Guy

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Click to view original catalogue drawing from Ansonia ~ Antique Clocks Guy
(Original catalogue drawing)

Ansonia “Excelsior” Crystal Regulator, c.1904 – Antique Clocks Guy

 

Like many other clocks offered to us, most of the big Ansonia crystal regulators have had the trim polished for so long that it has been literally rubbed through the top layer and has lost its desirable look. In this case, our very knowledgeable consignor disassembled the clock completely, took the castings to the best silversmith in Los Angeles for re-plating of the satin silver and polishing/re-lacquering of the brass surfaces.

The heavy beveled plate glass was thoroughly cleaned and reinstalled in the restored case.

Physical: The fully restored case is stunning to see. It measures 11"w x 20.5"h x 9"d and is in excellent overall condition. The 5.5" diameter porcelain dial is also in excellent condition and original to the clock. Like the movement, the dial is signed.

Mechanical: At the same time the case was being refurbished, the original Ansonia eight-day time-and-gong-strike (half hour and hour-strike) movement was completely disassembled, cleaned, professionally overhauled from stem to stern, and is in excellent running order. Note, too, the visible escapement with jeweled pallets on the dial.

Comments: This is a gorgeous clock – one of the nicest Ansonia crystal regulators we've ever seen. Give us a call to make it your own.

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Photos Note: The photos of this clock were inadvertently taken with the pendulum off, so it is inset in the front/rear photos. You can see it sitting on the counter beside the clock in the "Front Right-1" photo and in the pendulum photo.

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Description

View

Front View - 1
Front View - 2
Front Left - 1
Front Left - 2

Front Right - 1
Front Right - 2
Crown
Crown - Side
Base - 1
Base - 2
Rear View
Rear - Left
Rear - Right
Dial
Movement

Pendulum

Reference
Ly, T.D., Ansonia Clocks and Watches, 1998, p.117

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UTJ-0408
$3,450

Authentic Ansonia “Jupiter”
Crystal Regulator, c.1914

Authentic Ansonia “Jupiter” Crystal Regulator, c.1914 ~ Antique Clocks Guy

Authentic Ansonia “Jupiter” Crystal Regulator, c.1914 ~ Antique Clocks Guy

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Original Catalogue Drawing for Authentic Ansonia “Jupiter” Crystal Regulator, c.1914 ~ Antique Clocks Guy

(original catalogue)

 

The Ansonia Clock Company made two large crystal regulator models with cut-glass columns, both of which are highly sought after by collectors. The are the Utopia and the Jupiter models. Both are scarce finds. This is the first Jupiter we've had in the seventeen years since we started our online business.

Physical: The beautiful, all-original case, which measures 8.75"w x 17"h x 6"d features
cut glass columns. It is a very ornate case with 4"signed porcelain dial in excellent physical condition; and featuring an open escapement. The case was recently completely disassembled and each metal piece separately polished and re-lacquered prior to reassembly there is a small dot on the top right side that did not polish out, but we find it only to be an appropriate "age spot"... like ours!

The front and side glasses are all beveled and the doors are convex as well. There are no chips in either the glass sides/front or the cut-glass columns. All are in excellent original condition.

 Authentic Ansonia “Jupiter” Crystal Regulator, c.1914 ~ Antique Clocks Guy

Mechanical: The eight-day, time-and-gong-strike movement has recently been professionally overhauled and is in excellent running condition, ready for years of great service for you.

Comments: This is a seldom-found clock that will make a real statement wherever it is placed. We expect it will not linger here long. So, if it's of serious interest to you, please give us a call to start the purchase process. We can make arrangements for you very quickly. Also, weddings and graduations are coming soon and this would be a never-forgotten gift for your special graduate or newlyweds!

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Description

View

Front View
Front Right
Top - 1
Top - 2
Top - 3
Left Side
Upper
Left - 1
Upper Left - 2

Right Side
Base
Back
Dial
Pendulum
Movement

Reference
Ly, T.D., Ansonia Clocks and Watches, 1998, p.119

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RBN-03
$1,350
Ansonia Royal Bonn “La Layon”

Ansonia Royal Bonn “La Cerda” ~ Antique Clocks Guy

Ansonia Royal Bonn “La Cerda” ~ Antique Clocks Guy

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Here is another beautiful Ansonia clock created by the famous and sought-after Royal Bonn porcelain works in Germany, c.1904. This particular design was made in numerous colors and was also available with a Dutsch scene on the front.

Physical: The porcelain case, which measures 15"w x 14.5"h x 5"d is in excellent physical condition without breaks or repairs. The 5" porcelain dial is also in excellent original condition. The case bears the Royal Bonn signature on the back.

Mechanical: The eight-day, time-and-strike (gong) movement was professionally serviced in late 2012 and is in excellent running order.

Comments: Many of the green-colored cases from Royal Bonn tend to be a yellowish-green-lime color; this one's a much deeper and prettier shade of green. Its condition speaks for itself. Now you need to speak up and tell us you have just the place to put it!

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Description

View

Front View
Front Left
Front Right
Left
Right

Dial
Back
RB Signature

Movement

Reference
Ly, T.D., Ansonia Clocks and Watches, 1998, p.636-637

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DER-100
$2,375

Ansonia Royal Bonn “LaCapelle” ~ Delft ~ Antique Clocks Guy

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Ansonia Royal Bonn "LaCapelle" Delft ~ Antique Clocks Guy

(original catalogue drawing)

 

Here is one of the sought-after Ansonia clocks in a porcelain case signed both "Royal Bonn" and "Delft". The history of each of these firms is linked in the previous sentence and makes for interesting reading material. It is interesting to note that Royal Bonn made numerous pattern configurations for most Ansonia models as you can see here with the floral catalogue design; but even that design was likely made in multiple colors/configurations and with different dials as you can see here.

Physical: The porcelain case is in exquisite original condition. It measures 7.5"w x 15"h x 5"d. The tiny 3.5" diameter porcelain dial is in excellent condition and has floral designs between the numerals. The hands are correct and original. There is a slow/fast adjustment arbor above the numeral 12.

Mechanical: The movement has been recently professionally serviced and is in excellent running order.

Comments: We strive to find great items at fair prices for our clients. This model was recently seen in a very high-end antique center priced at $3,250. Ours is a little more reasonable... and waiting for your call.

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Description

View

Front View
Left Side
Right Side
Upper View
Windmill
Back

Dial - 1
Dial - 2
Signatures
Movement

Reference
Ly, T.D., Ansonia Clocks and Watches, 1998, p.617

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HWD-720
$1,095
Ansonia Royal Bonn Porcelain “ La Normandie”
Ansonia Royal Bonn Porcelain “ La Normandie” - Antique Clocks Guy

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We're fortunate to presently have a whole collection of Ansonia porcelain models to offer you, including this multi-color Royal Bonn and the other labeled Delft. Here is the Royal Bonn done in what the factory called "New Art Tints" that originally sold for $15.75 in 1904:

Physical: The porcelain case is in excellent original condition and measures 13"w x 13.5"h x 5"d. It has a 5" diameter dial with exposed jeweled escapement and a "rococo-style" sash with original beveled glass.

Mechanical: The eight-day time-and-strike movement strikes a mellow gong on the half hour and the hour. The movement was professionally overhauled in 2010 and is in excellent running order.

Comments: Give us a call to start the process for this one... or perhaps the entire collection!

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Description

View

Front View
Right Side
Left Side
Back
RB Signature

Reference
Ly, T.D., Ansonia Clocks and Watches, 1998, p.611

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LPU-236
$1,575

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Fancy Ansonia Royal Bonn “ La Vendee ”, c.1904
Open Escapement Model

Here is another unusual Ansonia Clock Company high-end Royal Bonn we've not seen before. The original catalogue price was $17; it's a bit more expensive today. In its 1896 catalogue, Ansonia describes the series of "porcelain decorated clocks", the cases of which they imported, as follows:

"Imported, Hand Painted and Gold Decorated Cases, Fitted with the Ansonia Clock Company's Eight Day, Half-Hour Strike, Cathedral Gong on Sounding Board, Round Polished Brass EScapement Movement, Ruby Pallets, Rack Strike, with Patent Regulators and Striking Parts, and Either Porcelain or Gild Dials."

Physical: The high-quality German "Royal Bonn" porcelain case is in excellent condition and measures 13"w x 14.5"h x 5"d. The 5" dial is also in excellent original condition. This clock has Ansonia's fancy sash (bezel around dial) and beveled glass. The porcelain has typical "alligatoring".

Mechanical: The eight-day, cathedral gong-strike movement is in excellent running order and features an "open escapement" visible on the dial. It strikes on the half-hour and on the hour. The movement was professionaly and thoroughly overhauled in April 2003 and had 14 new bushings installed.The clock will be professionally lubricated once again, prior to shipment.

Comments: We don't list a lot of porcelain clocks because many of them offered to us are either pedestrian in design, overtly common, or are in chipped-up condition. This is another wonderful exception.

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Description
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Front View
Movement/Signature
Second Signature

Reference
Ly, T.D., Ansonia Clocks and Watches, 1998, p.638

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STF-590
$2,750

Ansonia “ Cabinet Antique ” in Oak, c.1894

FOR SALE: Ansonia “Cabinet Antique” in Oal, c.1894 ~ Antique Clocks Guy

FOR SALE: Ansonia “Cabinet Antique” in Oal, c.1894 ~ Antique Clocks Guy

FOR SALE: Ansonia “Cabinet Antique” in Oal, c.1894 ~ Antique Clocks Guy

FOR SALE: Ansonia “Cabinet Antique” in Oal, c.1894 ~ Antique Clocks Guy

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View the original catalogue drawing of an Ansonia "Cabinet Antique" ~ Antique Clocks Guy

(original catalogue drawing)
also: 1901 version

 

This is a great example of the rich decorative trim that Ansonia loved to put on their "antique" models of the late Victorian era.

Physical: The oak case, the wood of which has been professionally cleaned and waxed measures 9.5" w x 20"h x 8.25"d (with ornamentation), and is in excellent original finish condition. The brass trimmings (over 50 pieces) have all been removed, meticulously polished and re-lacquered – a HUGE task.

The 4.75" diameter dial retains the original patina and cartouche porcelain numerals and is in excellent physical condition as is the rest of the clock. There is a wood split in the front above the dial (typical on each of these we've seen over the years). But, in our opinion, it does not distract from the clock.

FOR SALE: Ansonia “Cabinet Antique” in Oal, c.1894 ~ Antique Clocks Guy

Mechanical: The eight-day, half-hour-striking movement has just been professionally overhauled and is ready for years of great service. The heavy gong on this clock has a very mellow, pleasing tone.

FOR SALE: Ansonia “Cabinet Antique” in Oal, c.1894 ~ Antique Clocks Guy

Comments: The photos really tell the whole story. Take a look, then give us a call. This is a relatively rare clock – we've only had a few of them to offer over the past 17+ years, and they don't get any better than this example!

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Description

View

Front View - 1
Front View -
2
Front Left
Front Right - 1
Front Right - 2
Front Upper
Front Lower
Crown
Side - 1
Side - 2
Ba
ck - 1
Back - 2

Dial - 1
Dial - 2
Movement/Pendulum
Movement - Front
Movement - Back
Movement - Signature


Reference
Ly, T.D., Ansonia Clocks and Watches, 1998, p.241-242

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WFL-126
$995
Seth Thomas City Series “Beloit” ~ c.1886

Seth Thomas City Series “Beloit” ~ Antique Clocks Guy

Seth Thomas City Series “Beloit” ~ Antique Clocks Guy

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Seth Thomas made a group of clocks purportedly named after American cities. We have an article in our Reference Library that discusses this group of clocks. The "Beloit" model, configured with an alarm like this particular clock, originally sold in 1896 for $11.14. Today, it's a little more expensive!

(original catalogue drawing)

 

Physical: The walnut case, with original finish and stenciled glass, measures 14.5"w x 22.75"h and is in excellent physical condition as you can see in the numerous photos below. The 6" diameter dial with original paint has the numerals "strengthened" as they were faded. There is an original factory production date stencil on the back indicating this clock was made in March 1886.

Mechanical: The eight-day cathedral gong-strike movement was recently professionally overhauled and is in excellent running condition. It also features an alarm that is set by the small subsidiary dial in the middle of the main dial. Both the movement and alarm function properly (but we'd prefer awaking to the quiet sounds of our iPhone playing music of our choice)!

Comments: Great clock made available to us by a major collector, and at a wonderful price. Give us a call to make it your own.

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Description

View

Front View
Front Left
Front Right
Right Side
Lower Section
Case Detail

Crown
Dial
Movement
Glass Stencil
Date Stencil

Reference
Ly, T.D., Seth Thomas Clocks & Movements 3rd Ed Vol 1, 200, p.187

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RPA-02
$695

Forestville 8-Day Mantle Clock J.C. Brown Forestville Manufacturing Company

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A Beautiful Forestville 8-Day Clock, c.1835

We seldom list these earlier clocks, but have done this one as a favor to a longstanding consignor for whom we have sold numerous clocks over the years.

Here's one you will want to study carefully while simultaneously reaching for your checkbook! This beauty is by Forestville Manufacturing Company of Bristol, CT, home of the famous designer, J.C. Brown (History).

Physical: The clock measures 18.5"w x 34.5"h x 6.5"d. The 9" diameter dial is original and hand-painted on a wood base. There are hairline cracks (age-appropriate, certainly) in the dial.

The sleigh-front, half-column Mahogany case is a beauty. No doubt about it. It was refinished in a professional manner some years ago. The labels, although not in "new" condition, are in good condition and age-appropriate to the clock. It is clear that the reverse-painted lower tablet is not the original design... not sure about the glass itself.

Mechanical: The eight-day time and gong-strike weight-driven movement is in good running order, striking on the hour.

Comments: All in all, this is a lovely clock at a great price. Waiting for a special spot on your mantle or perhaps in the family room. Now is the time...

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Description
View

Front View
Column Closeup
Dial
Door Open
Label-Lower
Label-Upper
Movement
Tablet/Pendulum

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