condition: excellent make / manufacturer: Ansonia Clock Co model name / number: La Cantal Mantel Clock
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La Cantal Ansonia Mantel Clock: Comes with Keys. Clock did work at one time.
Made in Bonn, Germany Approx. 1901
China-cased mantel clocks were very popular from the late 19th century through the time when World War I curtailed the importation of German ceramic clock cases. These cases were typically imported into the United States and then fitted with a clock movement by a company such as the Ansonia Clock Co., of Ansonia, Conn., and Brooklyn, N.Y.
A large number of these clock cases were made by the Franz Mehlem Earthenware factory located in Bonn, Germany, from 1836 to 1920, but other firms made them as well. This company was purchased by Villeroy and Boch in 1921, and finally closed its doors in 1931.
Franz Mehlem often signed pieces "Royal Bonn" or just "Bonn," and I believe that this is the mark on this case. G.B. reports it as reading "Bona," but this is very close to "Bonn." Royal Bonn customarily placed style names on their clock cases including such phrases as "La Mancha," "La Cantal," "La Loyon," "La Clairmont," and so on.
Although G.B. does not say so, I suspect that the movement in her piece is an eight-day time and strike spring-driven movement made by the aforementioned Ansonia Clock Co., which was founded in 1850. However, it can trace its beginnings to the Ansonia Brass Co., which was founded by Anson Green Phelps in 1844.
This company was founded to supply metal parts to clock makers, and six years later, the clock company was formed to expand the business. The factory burned in 1854, and full clock production did not resume until 1869.
In 1877, the company purchased a factory in New York City and moved most of its production there. In 1879 a second factory was purchased in Brooklyn. Ansonia clocks marked "Connecticut" were largely made before 1879, and those marked "New York" were largely made after 1880. The company closed in 1929 when much of its equipment was sold to the Soviet Union.
Royal Bonn china-case clocks with Ansonia works have a following among collectors with prices starting at around $500 for the simplest, most common models and going up to $2,000 for the larger more elaborately molded and decorated examples. The clock in today's question probably falls somewhere in the middle of that range - but I do not know for sure because I do not know the exact size or specific model designation.
But, for insurance replacement purposes, this circa-1900 clock should probably be valued in the $800 to $1,000 range if it is approximately 14 inches tall and in excellent condition (no cracks in the china case).
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