Ansonia Clock Company, New York. La Loire. Royal Bonn.

This porcelain case clock was made by the Ansonia Clock Company of Brooklyn, New York circa 1894. It is called the “La Loire” and is one of the most difficult porcelain cased models to find.

This clock is in good original condition. The porcelain case was made by the Royal Bonn factory and is signed on the back with their seal, “Royal Bonn, Germany.” The only flaw in this case is a small chip on the back side of the finial. The coloring is applied over a white background. The colors include multiple shades of blues, yellows, purples, reds and greens. The gilt highlights are applied to the case after firing. They remain in excellent condition and show very little wear. The French sash or bezel is fitted with beveled glass. Through this one can view the dial.

The dial is also porcelain and measures five inches in diameter. The Clockmaker’s trademark, Roman style hour numerals and the open escapement can be viewed in this location. A stylized red cross decoration can be found in between each hour numeral. The Makers trade mark is also found here along with the name and location of the company along the lower rim.

The eight day movement is brass and strikes the hour as well as the half hour on a gong. The movement is die-stamped on the back plate by the Manufacturer. This clock was made circa 1894. This case stands approximately 14.75 inches tall and 10.75 inches wide and 6 inches deep.


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