This c.1910 Ansonia schoolhouse or medium-drop clock has a mostly unknown pedigree, but what we know and found inside the clock tells us a lot about it.
This clock was purchased in Tokyo Japan in 1989 at a flea market by an American from Connecticut (where Ansonia Clock Co. originates). The clock was brought back to the US and donated recently to Community Forklift. Knowing this, when taken apart we find the clock does have a true early 20th century Ansonia movement inside ('Ansonia Clock Co. USA, New York' on the front plate).
The enigma is this: Ansonia did not typically put their name on the glass of any clocks. Ansonia schoolhouse style clocks also do not have flat bottoms, but a single point. Nevertheless, the patina on the case is early to mid 20th century, and the movement inside is early 20th century.
We have no idea how the clock came about - was it built in Japan, the logo and cartouche applied and the Ansonia movement inserted? It's a true mystery!
The dial is painted tin soldered into the brass dial dish. On the back of the dial are faint Japanese characters (see picture) that might be able to help learn more about the clock! We don't know what it says, but would love to!
22" High x 15" Wide x 5.25" Deep
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