E. Ingraham & CO. Bristol, Connecticut. An Ionic wall clock.

This “Ionic” model wall clock is an attractive form. It was made by the E. Ingraham & CO. in Bristol, Connecticut circa 1880. Elias Ingraham stared in the clock business as a case designer and Maker. This is thought to be one of his designs. The case is constructed in oak and features a light finish. The dial is painted on a tin pan and is original to the clock. The eight-day time only movement is brass construction and is powered by a coil spring. It is die-stamped by the Maker on the front plate. The pendulum is quite fancy. This is positioned in the center of the lower door. It is visible through the glass in the door.

This clock is approximately 21.75 inches long, 13.5 inches wide and 4 inches deep. It was made circa 1880.

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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