|Description:||Please appraise this clock. It is from the Ansonic, CT Clock company. Under the back cover are the patented date shows June 14,81. The Clock is approx. 11 inches tall. It is VERY heavy but I do not have an exact weight. Thanks.|
|Condition:||Clock works fine.|
|Origin:||Purchased by a relative several years ago.|
|Appraised By:||Richard Schlom|
January 28, 2005
Dear Sir or Madam:
Ansonia ebonized metal mantel clock, Patent June 14, 1881
It is a lovely clock but unfortunately the case is in rough condition. Like any other antique collectible there are dealers who specialize in the repair, restoration and resale of Ansonia clocks so this clock hasn’t necessarily seen its final days.
The retail replacement value below is for an original or fully restored clock; the wholesale value is for the clock in its present condition.
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