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Handcrafted of solid brass and copper, this bird cage with bird bath base was handcrafted by James J. Durant.  It stands 80" tall.  The cage lifts off the base.

Handcrafted of solid brass and copper, this bird cage with bird bath base was handcrafted by James J. Durant. It stands 80″ tall. The cage lifts off the base.  A plexiglass disk protects the floor and the copper is sealed to protect it from discoloration.  Easy clean up with mild detergent and warm water.

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Flights of Fancy

The Roman god Mercury was the patron of financial gain, commerce, luck, trickery, messages and communication.  His figure graces this extraordinary clock that has been donated to Elite Repeat.  Truly a treasure of America’s Gilded Age, this piece by the Ansonia Clock Company was made sometime between 1886 and 1894.  It has received meticulous maintenance, documented by handwritten notes which came with the clock.  The clock mechanism has been checked out and is in good working order.  The exterior of the clock shows some signs of age, and one of the wings on Mercury’s helmet has been broken off.  The sound of the gong is rich and mellow.  This clock must surely have represented affluence and elegance when it was new, and it does no less today.

"Mercury" by the Ansonia Clock Company, c. 1886-1894.  An 8-day clock with gong to strike the hours.  The mechanism works and is in good condition.  Winding key included.

SOLD – “Mercury” by the Ansonia Clock Company, c. 1886-1894. An 8-day clock with gong to strike the hours. The mechanism works and is in good condition. Winding key included.

Not just another pretty face...this one belongs to the "Mercury" figural clock made by the  Ansonia Clock Co., a major American clockmaker of the 19th century.

Not just another pretty face…this one belongs to the “Mercury” figural clock made by the
Ansonia Clock Co., a major American clockmaker of the 19th century.

A pensive, young god.  This detail of the Ansonia Clock Company's "Mercury" clock shows the artist's attention to detail.

A pensive, young god. This detail of the Ansonia Clock Company’s “Mercury” clock shows the artist’s attention to detail.

This photo shows some of the imperfections in the aged finish.  Note the wings on Mercury's helmet--the right one is broken off, but what's that critter perched on the top of the helmet?

This photo shows some of the imperfections in the aged finish. Note the wings on Mercury’s helmet–the right one is broken off, but what’s that critter perched on the top of the helmet?

A detail of the clock base.

A detail of the clock base.