This mantel clock is a multi-generational heirloom. It was not expensive, but had emotional value. Melanie's family hearkens from the York, Pennsylvania, region and this clock, I discovered, was manufactured by the Ansonia company and sold by Will K. Rebert, Watchmaker and Jeweler, in York. Her parents gave it to me for Christmas of 2006, and I decided to refinish it and return it to them the next Christmas. Unfortunately, Melanie's father passed away from cancer last summer, but we were able to present it to her mother. I used chemical stripper to avoid sanding to preserve the intricate and shallow engravings. As it turned out there was a milk paint coating underneath the black paint that was hard as a rock. The case insides and back cover are stained with a Deft lacquer topcoat. The case outside and door are black lacquer paint. All the metal hardware was wire wheeled and clear lacquered. The dial was replaced with on from another old wind-up clock I had, and the broken pendulum-driven mechanism was replaced with a nice electronic one from Klockit. Fall 2007.
Posted October 19, 2014