Atkins, Whiting & Co., Bristol, Conn. A 30-day gilded gallery clock.

This is considered to be by Atkins clock collectors a very rare model to find. In addition is the fact that this example is in superb original condition. The back of this case measures a full 30 inches in diameter. The case is nicely shaped and decorated with applied gesso work which raises up of the base surface. All of which is treated with a gilded finish. The color is excellent. Glass protects the 19 inch painted zinc dial. The hands are delicately form and are original to this clock.

This clock features an unusual movement. It is power by a large wagon or leaf spring. When fully wound, the eight springs provide enough drive to run the clock for a 30-day duration. It is a timepiece. The spring is held in place or supported by a large cast iron bracket. This cast iron bracket was necessary to prevent the case from breaking apart under the pressure of a fully wound movement. The bracket or the heavy cast iron frame is decoratively scrolled and had to have been a major contributing factor to the cost of producing this clock. The circular brass plates have been skelatonized. This movement is a combination of brass gearing and steel pinions. The pendulum rod is rod and supports a brass faced bob. One can see from the pictures of this movement that the overall design is very interesting and intricate. All of this hidden behind the dial. One can also assume that this movement was much more expensive to build as compared to a more common Connecticut format.

This fine example was made circa 1857 and originally hung in a meeting house in south central New Hampshire.

The Atkins, Whiting & Co. was comprised Irenus Atkins, George Atkins and Adna Whiting and was formed on June 1,1850. For a more in depth review of the company please read, The Clocks of Irenus Atkins written by Philip C. Gregory & Robert M. King.

About Atkins Clock Company of Bristol and later Forestville, Connecticut.

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.


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