Henry J. Davies Walnut Parlor Clock. Ansonia Clock Company. Mantel or shelf clock.

This very interesting and decorative mantel clock was made by the Ansonia Clock Company of Ansonia Connecticut and improved by Henry J. Davies of New York.

This is another very attractive Davies offering. Essentially it is an Ansonia parlor clock that has been modified or dressed up. The case is constructed in walnut and retains and older surface. The top of this case appears to have been modified. We have owned another example that was fitted with a carved crest. It appears that the crest on this clock has been removed. The sides of the case are fitted with glass panels. This allows additional light to enter into the interior of the case. This is further enhanced by the mirror that is mounted to the backboard inside the case. This mercury backed mirror is original to this clock and to this model design. The pendulum is well designed and swings in front of this mirror. It easy to view. The decorative detail that I find most interesting is the brass trellis that is fitted inside the case. The framing is decorated with a long winding vine. The silver leaves contrast very nicely with the brass structure. This is a great detail. The dial is paper and applied to a pan. This pan is trimmed with brass rings. The brass movement is an eight day, time and strike design. It strikes each hour on a bell. The movement is spring powered and wound with a key.

This clock was made circa 1885. It is approximately 16 inches tall, 11.25 inches wide and 5 inches deep.

About Henry J. Davies of New York.

Henry J. Davies operated a clock related business at No. 5 Courtland Street in New York, New York in 1858 through 1886. Today, Davies is probably best known for his design of the Crystal Place mantel clock. This clock, introduced in 1874, was displayed under a glass dome. Often times, figures where mounted aside the mounted movement and usually incorporated a mirror behind the pendulum. The vast majority of these clocks were powered by Ansonia manufactured movements and where later cataloged as Ansonia clocks when Davies became the General Manager of the Brooklyn, New York plant. Davies also received several patents for his designs including one for the now very collectible illumination alarm clock. These alarm clocks were designed to mechanically strike a match which in tern lit an oil lamp mounted in the clock’s case. The result was the illuminating of the room. One then could easily make their way around the interior or perhaps read the dial of the clock. This system was to compete with the simple and safe bell alarm format.


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