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    Hi, Iím trying to figure out what this is. I think the movement is Ingraham based on the key found inside, but it doesnít look like any Ingraham clock. Perhaps Ansonia? Any enlightenment would be appreciated.

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    Any markings on the movement? Paper label inside or on the back?

    The Ansonia Parisian incorporated a few of those case details.

    edit: Perusing online pictures showed some Ingraham clocks with that angular "rooflline" design at the top.
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    Unfortunately the label is long gone. It’s very hard to get at the movement to see anything. I will try to examine it in daylight and look for some more clues. The carved head on top is not something I’ve been able to find an example of in Ingraham clocks, which is why I assumed it wasn’t Ingraham. I’ve seen a lot of Ansonia Monarchs that incorporate that statue head and look very similar to this one, but the coloring is not the same.
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    I guess it’s not that similar to Monarchs; they don’t have that pitched roof. Could it be an Ansonia with an Ingraham movement?

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    Closest thing I’ve been able to find is this Ingraham Liberty Clock. But mine has a bird etching, not a statue. Name:  FFBE131B-C51B-44BA-96BB-0007F6680035.jpeg
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    Re: Identify antique shelf clock

    Removing the hands and dial should be straightforward.

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    I finally had time to bring the clock home and remove the face. The movement is William L. Gilbert and the Patent stamp says June 3, 1879. Can I reasonably assume it was built that year? I still haven’t been able to find one quite like it. Any suggestions on what it’s worth?

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    Patent date is for the movement so the clock dates to some time after. A rough guess is between 1900 and 1879. I will look through some copies of old catalogs.

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    Hi. I did find that very clock in an American Clock and Watch Museum reproduction of the Wm. L. Gilbert catalog of 1881. The Enterprise model was 22" tall came with time and strike movement and had a 6 inch dial. The glass shown in the catalog was of a ship passing a lighthouse. It is not unusual to see a variety of glass patterns. Your nice looking walnut case clock looks complete. It is not unusual for the finials on decorative shelf clocks to be lost as the wood dries and they fall out.
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    Thank you so much! I donít think I would have ever found it with just google. I would like to hang on to it, but only if it will run without striking the hour. I can place it in my funeral home, but the chime would be a distraction. Do I just let one side wind down? Iím not sure which side is which, or if they are both necessary to run.

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