E. Ingraham & CO. Bristol, Connecticut, U.S.A. The 8 Inch Drop Octagon. 219058B

This is a nice clean example of a pressed oak case school clock made by the E. Ingraham & CO. of Bristol, Conn, U.S.A. The case wood is oak and retains a darker finish. The decorative designs exhibited on the frames is actually pressed into the oak wood under tremendous pressure. These moldings are attractive. The brass bezel is fitted with glass. This door opens to access the dial and to wind the eight-day time only brass movement. The paper dial measures 8 inches across and applied to a pan. It is signed by the clock company below the Roman hour numeral VI. The movement is of good useful quality and is powered by a coil spring. The decorative pendulum bob is brass and can be viewed through the glass in the lower door in the front of the case. The Maker’s label is in good condition and is pasted onto back of the case on the backboard. This clock measures approximately 19 inches long and 13 inches wide. This clock was made circa 1911 and originally sold for $5.25.

Inventory number 219085B.

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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