Atkins Clock Company of Bristol, Connecticut. A "Very Rare Circa 1876 Round Top 8-day Regulator."
This is an interesting and seldom seen wall clock. It is considered by many Atkins collectors to be a very desirable model and difficult to find.
This large wall clock features a black walnut veneered case. The sides feature a grain pattern that is lively and is nicely developed. This model id decorated with a number of applied moldings. Fancifully shaped pillars are applied the the front corners of the case. This molding turns into a half round and continues around the top of the case. Additional half round molding are applied in the area under the dial. These have been referred to as "Fish Tail" moldings. The solid wooden bezel is fitted with glass. This glass protects the painted zinc dial. The dial measure 10 inches in diameter. The time ring is formatted with large Roman style hour numerals. The lower door is fitted with clear glass. The backboard is covered in it’s original flock paper. This provides an excellent background color for the gilt pendulum rod and brass faced bob. The motion of this is easy to view. Two brass weights descend down the sides of the case. These are covered in brass. This example retains it's original pasted label. This is located on the bottom of the case inside the door. This label is in good condition and reads, "Atkins Clock Company, Bristol, Conn.” The movement is brass construction having large brass rectangular plates and roller pinions. It is powered by two weights. It is designed to run 8-days days on a full wind. Both weights power the same time train by powering the same wheel. This movement is good quality.
This clock measure approximately 39.5 inches in length, 16 inches wide and 5 inches deep. This clock was made circa 1870.
This firm was established in 1859 to succeed the Atkins Clock Manufacturing Company which went bankrupt in June of 1858. In 1859, 12 employees made approximately 4000 clocks.
Merritt W. Atkins was born in 1804 and died in 1873 at the age of 69. He worked in both Bristol and later Forestville, Connecticut. He was a manufacturer of brass movement clocks and was involved in several firms. Most notably would be the firm of Atkins and Porter. His firm M. W. Atkins spanned the years 1840-1857.
For additional information regarding the Atkins firms, please see, The Clocks of Irenus Atkins written by Phil Gregory & Robert King.
About Atkins Clock Company of Bristol and later Forestville, Connecticut.
Merritt W. Atkins was born in 1804 and died in 1873 at the age of 69. He worked in both Bristol and later Forestville, Connecticut. He was a manufacturer of brass movement clocks and was involved in several firms.
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