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Trademarks and Trade Names of Antique Clocks
Using Trademarks and Trade Names to Identify Makers and Dates Made

Finding a name or trademark image on a clock may simplify the task of identifying the maker and the approximate date the clock was made.Then again, it may provide you with misleading information.

For instance, an original paper label may have been taken from a clock (perhaps one in poor condition) and affixed inside another in an attempt to make the second clock seem more valuable or to lend an air of authenticity. Reproductions of old labels are also available for purchase from a number of sources. A reputable dealer will tell a buyer if a label is a reproduction. But the dealer himself may not know (or investigate too closely), and there are, of course, some sellers who deliberately attempt to mislead buyers.


Then again, a movement signed by one maker may have been placed in a case made by another - a practice usually termed a "marriage." A clock case made in one century might even have a movement made fifty or a hundred years later.

Company or Maker's Name and Location

Dates Used

Example of Trademark or Label

American Clock Co.

label c. 1850-60 >

Ansonia Clock Company

Ansonia, Connecticut
until 1879

Brooklyn, New York
from 1879-1929

1851 — 1929

(factory rebuilt after fire of 1854)

In 1929-30 Ansonia liquidated and its equipmentsold and moved to Russia.


Ansonia Brass & Copper Company

Ansonia, Connecticut

1854 — 1878

Ansonia Clock Co., Inc.

Lynnwood, Washington


1969 —
Ansonia Clock Co., Inc., acquired the rights to use the name and trademarks of the original company.

Badische Uhrenfabrik A G
Black Forest, Germany

(factory closed from 1918 to 1927)
(factory closed - reopened again ?)

trademark: crescent moon and a "B"
Gustav Becker  
Clark, Gilbert & Company (1841-1845)  

Drocourt, Pierre (Father)
Drocourt, Alfred (Son)

c. 1820 - 1900+

trademark: image of a carriage clock flanked by "D" and "C"

Gilbert & Clark 1848-1851  
William L. Gilbert and Company 1851-1866  

Gilbert Manufacturing Co.




label c. 1866 >


William L. Gilbert Clock Co.






label c. 1885 >



label c. 1885 >



label c. 1890>



label c. 1901>


Muller & Kroeber
apparently sometimes misprinted label showing "Fuller & Kroeber"

25 John Street
New York, New York

c. 1868-1869  

F. Kroeber
F. Kroeber & Co.

No. 8 Cortlandt St (or)
No. 14 Cortlandt St.
New York, New York

c. 1870-1887
F. Kroeber Clock Co.
(incorporated 1887)

360 Broadway
New York, New York
c. 1887 - 1899
(corporation goes bankrupt in 1899)

F. Kroeber
F. Kroeber & Co.

14 Maiden Lane (or)
45 Maiden Lane
New York, New York

c. 1899 - 1904  

Stamped Trademark

c. 1910>


Gebruders Resch
( Resch Brothers)

Standard Electric Time Company  
Anton Schatz


c. 1950's >


Welch, Spring & Co

(Elisha N. Welch and
Solomon C. Spring)

c. 1868 - 1884

Seth Thomas, c. 1865
Seth Thomas, c. 1870

Seikosha, c. 1910

Tokyo, Japan

Seth Thomas, c. 1880
Seth Thomas, c.1863
Seth Thomas c. 1816

.c. 1868-84

Seth Thomas c. 1870



c. 1950's


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