Ansonia Secret Box

  • Ansonia Secret Box
  • Ansonia Secret Box
  • Ansonia Secret Box
  • Ansonia Secret Box
  • Ansonia Secret Box

SOLD: This is a beautiful (working) Ansonia mantel clock, model Sonia No. 9, that has been repurposed as a secret box, a stash box, a place to store your special stuff. And although the original movement was damaged and has been removed, I have replaced it with a new quartz, battery driven movement. Utilizing the original clock hands, this piece is now a working clock with space for a few of your favorite things.

The Ansonia Clock Co. was founded in the late 1800s and became one of the America’s major clock manufacturers. In 1877 the company incorporated in New York (the factory located in Brooklyn) where it made millions of clocks until 1929 when it went into receivership and sold its remaining assets to Soviet Russia.

The clock listed here features the original metal plate still attached to the inside of the back door that reads:
The Ansonia Clock Co.
New York
In case of repair this movement must be put in beat while bubble is in center of spirit level.
Sonia No. 9

The “spirit level” found on the face just under the “12” — along with the original leveling feet — were important adjustment tools for the chimes to work properly.

The clock is in very good vintage condition with minimal wear marks to the mahogany wood case. There is some crazing of the finish coat, but the touch is smooth and there is no flaking. The silver dial has enough tarnish to be interesting and there is a bit of wear around the areas where the clock was wound. The winding stems are original, taken from the damaged movement and re-attached to the clock. The glass crystal is beveled and in excellent condition. For its age, it is in amazing condition.

To maintain its story of more than 80-some years, I have only cleaned the exterior of the clock and polished the wood with a quality furniture wax. The interior has also been cleaned and lined with felt to protect whatever is stored in this little piece of history.