Brewster & Ingrahams of Bristol, Connecticut. A gilt gallery wall timepiece. 217119.

This 8-day gallery wall timepiece was manufactured by the Brewster & Ingrahams firm in Bristol, Connecticut.

The case is constructed in wood which retains its’ originally gilding. It colorful and warm treatment was originally applied to the outer surfaces. The case is nicely formed with deep moldings. The front of the case is fitted with a convex piece of clear glass. This glass appears to be original to this clock. Through this, one can visually see the dial which is also a slightly convex form. This wooden dial is painted and is original to this clock. It is in excellent original condition. This dial reads, “Brewster & Ingrahams / Bristol, Ct. U.S.” The open spade hands are steel and display the time. The time ring is formatted with large Roman style hour numerals. The movement is constructed in brass and is good quality. This front plate is die stamped by the Maker just below the center arbor. Also note that the plates are ribbed. The gearing is laid out in an “East -West” design. It is powered by a large coil spring. This example still retains its original brass spring. Originally it was strong enough to power the clock for eight days. These weaken over time and may not have enough in it to run that long. Modern steel springs are available but we are hesitant to change this spring out unless instructed to do so by the next owner. Having a clock with its’ original brass spring is unusual and a wonderful find. The pendulum is mounted to and hangs from the case behind the movement. The Clockmaker’s label is pasted inside the case onto the backboard. It is in fair condition.

This is a wonderful example and measures approximately 15.5 inches across the back, 3 inches deep and the dial is 10.75 inches in diameter. This example was made circa 1850.

This clock is inventory number 217119.


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