E. Ingraham & CO. Bristol Connecticut. The "Northwestern" calendar model.

This “Box Regulator” was made by the E. Ingraham & CO. Bristol Connecticut. It is listed in their 1915 catalog as the “Northwestern.” This model is constructed in solid oak. The decorative designs are pressed into the wood under tremendous pressure. This model was originally offered in four movement configurations. The time only example was listed for $7.05. Fitted with a strike, this clock was $8.05. The example that has the calendar option wass $7.45. The model with all the bells and whistles, time, strike and calendar was $8.45. All four setups featured an 8-day spring wound movement. The example offered here is the time and calendar option.

The spring driven movement is constructed in brass and is designed to run 8-days on a full wind. The front plate of this movement is die-stamped by the manufacturer. The papervdial measures 12 inches across and is applied to zinc pan. The dial is original to the clock. The Maker’s name is printed at the bottom of the dial. The hours are presented in a Roman style numeral format. The calendar date is an Arabic form. The calendar date is pointed out by the red hand. The lower tablet is paint decorated from the back. A Greek key border frames the glass. “REGULATOR” is written across the center. Through the center section of this glass, one can view the motion of the large pendulum. It is in excellent condition. This clock measures a full 29.5 inches tall.

This wall clock case measures approximately 39 inches in length, 18.5 inches wide and 5 inches deep.

About Elias Ingraham of Bristol, Connecticut.

Elias Ingraham was born in Marlborough, Connecticut on October 1st, 1805. He worked as a cabinetmaking apprentice for five years in the town of Glastonbury. In 1825 he purchased his freedom and began working as a journeyman for Daniel Dewy of Hartford. In 1828, Solomon Hinman convinced him to move to Bristol and to make clock cases for George Mitchell. It is here that Ingraham designed and constructed the “Transitional” shelf clock form. Ingraham soon moves on and works for several other clock and furniture ventures. After numerous ventures, he form the Elias Ingraham & Company in 1857 and was granted the first of two patents in case design. The first was for the “Arch Column case and the second was for the door design found on this example having two circular doors that are separated by decorative rosettes. This design becomes extremely popular and it influence finds its why in to some of Ingrahams competitors models. In 1860, the firms name changes to E. Ingraham & Company reflecting a partnership with his son Edward. Elias died at his summer home on Martha’s Vineyard in August of 1885. The business continued in various forms.

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