Brewster & Ingrahams of Bristol, Connecticut. US. A 30-hour Steeple or Sharp Gothic mantel Clock. "Thin case" model.

This Thin case model is a very difficult variant to find. This is a popular shelf clock which is more commonly called a steeple clock today. It was originally cataloged as a “Sharp Gothic” mantel clock. This fine example was made by the Brewster & Ingrahams Clock Company of Bristol, Connecticut. It measures approximately 19 inches tall, 9 inches wide and 3.5 inches in depth. It is smaller in every dimension as compared to the standard case size of 20 inches tall 9.75 inches wide and 4.25 inches deep.

The brass constructed movement is a time and strike design and is powered by coil springs. This example retains its original brass springs and was designed to run for 30-hours on a full wind. The strike is actuated by a countwheel striking system which located between the plates. It is designed to strike each hour on a wire gong which is mounted to the backboard inside the case. The front plate of the movement is die stamped by the manufacturer. The gearing is brass and the pinions are steel. The pendulum bob is covered in brass.

The pine case is veneered mahogany retains a clean shellac finish. The quality of the wood is quite good as evident in the grain. Both cone shaped steeples are original to this example and retain their sharp points. The front of the clock is fitted with a door that conforms to the gothic shape of the case. This door is fitted with a lock that is opened with a key. A decorative brass escutcheon frames the key hole. The lower section is fitted with a painted tablet that is original to the clock. The artwork is very nice an attributed to William Fenn. He is known to have painted themes like this one. The predominant features are a harp under an arch. The upper section of this door is fitted with clear glass. Through this one can view the clock’s painted zinc dial. The backboard is covered or more appropriately retains it’s original paper which is pasted onto the surface.

This clock was made circa 1845 and stands approximately 19 inches tall.

This clock was retailed at one time by BAILEY & SMITH in Portland. Their stamp is located on the back of the clock.

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