E. Ingraham & CO. Bristol, Connecticut. The Dew Drop Simple Calendar wall clock.

This model is called the “Dew Drop” and is still today a very popular model. The movement is brass and front plate is die-stamped by the Maker. It is a time only design and is powered by a coil spring. It is designed to run eight days on a full winding. The paper dial is original to this clock. It measures 12 inches in diameter. The paper is applied to a tin pan. This dial has slightly yellowed and has been stained as a result of human contact when winding or setting the hands for time. I love the love of this as it is an antique clock and one should want it to look well used. The outside numerals indicate the calendar day which is indicated by the red hand off the center arbor. The fancy pendulum is visible through the lower door. This clock measures approximately 23.5 inches long. It was cataloged in 1909 and in this format, originally cost $5.85.

This clock is inventory number 218026.

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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