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What is an Ansonia clock?

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An Ansonia clock is an antique clock made by the highly successful Ansonia Clock Company. The company made thousands of wall clocks, shelf clocks and mantel clocks in many different styles from 1851 to 1929.

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The company, which was formed in 1851 by Anson G. Phelps, introduced many different clock styles, such as figurine clocks and swing clocks, which were made from wood, cast iron or enamel. By 1904, Ansonia was also making a collection of wristwatches. After World War I, the company fell into decline and was eventually sold off to the Russian government in 1929. The rights to the use of the Ansonia name and trademark returned to the U.S. in 1969 to a company in Lynwood, Wash.

Today, the most valuable and collectible Ansonia clocks are the novelty models including the Army and Navy clocks, the Crystal Palace, the Helmsman and the Sonnet.

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