Clocks I discovered on my summer travels (2016)

Once a year we travel to central Canada and since I am always on the lookout for clocks when I am on the road, they can show up in the strangest of places.

Snider clock
Snider starburst clock found in a boutique hotel in Quebec City

We stopped a a boutique hotel in downtown Quebec City and came across this Snider Starburst clock in the dining area. Many folks do not realize that Snider clocks are distinctively Canadian. According to the Canadian Clock Museum, “the Snider Clock Corporation, was set up in 1950 by Harry Snider, who operated a wholesale jeweler business on Yonge Street at the time.  The company name was changed in 1957 to the Snider Clock Mfg Co. Limited.  Over a period of more than twenty-five years until 1976 there were hundreds of models of Snider mantel, TV lamp, and wall clocks designed and manufactured in Toronto”.

In the same boutique hotel beside the Snider clock was a wine vending machine. How cool is that!

Wine vending machine
Wine vending machine
Hugh Gordon tall-case clock circa 1760
Hugh Gordon tall-case clock circa 1760

This fine looking Scottish Hugh Gordon tall-case clock located in a home near Montreal, was made somewhere between 1760 and 1770. The clock is majestic and certainly defines the room though I wish it were in my room! The cabinet is in excellent condition but the movement requires attention that can only be provided by professional horologist.

Smiths Enfield Art Deco style mantel clock
Smiths Enfield Art Deco style mantel clock circa 1949

I like the lines of this clock. In fact, I liked it so much that I bought it. This Smiths Enfield Art Deco clock was discovered at this antique shop in Haliburton, Ontario and it has become our newest cottage clock.

Haliburton antique shop
Haliburton antique shop
Smiths Enfield shelf clock
Smiths Enfield shelf clock, on a shelf
Sessions six pillar mantel clock
Sessions six pillar mantel clock

I am not a fan of pillar clocks although I do have a couple. This six pillar Sessions time and strike seems to be in good shape though the dial may need replacing or restoration. Some would leave it as-is. I am personally not a fan of replacing a dial but if the numbers are unreadable it can be an option.

Unknown mantel clock, possibly French
Unknown mantel clock, possibly French

What is it? Is it French, is it British? Could even be American. There are no markings on the dial face. I am leaning towards French.

Kienzle World Time clock circa 1950
Kienzle World Time clock circa 1950

I saw this in an antique store and hummed and hawed over whether I should buy it or not. We were with friends and they loved it. I thought about it, went back a week later, made an offer and now it is sitting on a buffet at home. It works well, runs a full eight days but has a jeweled movement which concerns me. I am not comfortable having this clock run continuously until I know how to service it. Heck I can’t even find a way to open it up to inspect it. For the moment I will run it only on special occasions until my skill level improves enough to allow me to investigate further.

Possible Ansonia or French mantel clock
Possibly Ansonia or another French mantel clock

The above clock, another find in an antique store is possibly French or American. I believe Ansonia made clocks very similar to this. I am going to call it an Ansonia.

Collection of beehive, six pillar Seth Thomas and Waterbury wall clock
Collection of beehive, six pillar Seth Thomas and Waterbury wall clock

A Seth Thomas Beehive and a Waterbury time and strike wall clock. Both are in very good condition but a tad on the pricey side.

My wife took a quick cell phone shot of this clock in another antique shop. Not the best image.

Kienzle Weschester Chime
Kienzle Winchester Chime

It is a Kienzle 3-train German clock and no matter how hard I look I cannot find another like it. Could be a one-of. If you know anything about it please drop me a line.

That’s about it. I found another tall-case clock in a restaurant in Quebec City. It looked like a combination of several clocks although the cabinet was nice. So, somebody messed with it. Should have taken a photo!

6 thoughts on “Clocks I discovered on my summer travels (2016)

  1. Please please please please leave the dial on the Sessions 6 pillar “black Mantle” clock. It looks absolutely wonderful as-is, and a new dial would certainly ruin it (for me at least). The numbers are still pretty easy to read and the patina matches everything else on the case.

    I wouldn’t mind seeing more of that Waterbury wall regulator.

    The “possibly Ansonia or French” is definitely American. It’s hard to tell which company could have made it. Ingraham, Waterbury, New Haven, and others also had nearly the same models. Usually the movement would be stamped though.


    1. Thanks JC. I have seen some clocks with brand new dials and they do look quite strange. I suppose if they were replaced many years ago and have had a chance to “age” they might look good. I have a Waterbury Arion which has a pretty beat up clock face with two numbers just readable but I think it adds a certain charm to the clock.

      I checked to see if I have another photo of the Waterbury regulator wall clock but I don’t. It is located in an antique shop in Kazabazua, Quebec and I am sure that it is still available.

      Sometimes when I look at a clock and think it is French I should be reminded that the Americans made many copies.

      If you are interested there are a number of interesting clocks at this auction in Belleville, Ont. next week


      1. Ron, I don’t have a vehicle or license, so getting to Belleville would require a lot of pre-planning. There are definitely a few interesting clocks, but the majority of them seem to be slightly messed-up in one way or another.


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