Antique 1874 E Ingraham Kitchen Mantle Parlor Shelf Gingerbread Alarm Clock
Auction Ending May 22, 2014 9:40 EST
Up in this auction is a great antique clock. Dated with an 1874 patent number on the movement. This is an E. Ingraham Bristol, Conn kitchen / mantle / parlor / shelf gingerbread alarm clock. We tested the clock and the chimes and it chimes the number of the hour and runs fine. It has a solid wood case, an etched ornate glass door. We call it shabby chic due to the oxidation of the metal, the finish has taken the texture of an orange peel and the face of the clock aged with time. But all of that doesn’t take away from the beauty of this clock. It measures approx. 20 1/2″ high and 14 1/2″ wide. Good luck.
We found the following history on the clockguy site on the internet (GREAT SITE!!):
E. Ingraham & Company was formed in 1860, succeeding several earlier clock-manufacturing firms in which casemaker Elias Ingraham had been involved, notably Brewster & Ingrahams (1843-1852), E. & A. Ingrahams (1852-1856) and Elias Ingraham & Company (1857-1860). The firm originally rented, and later purchased, a shop on Birge’s Pond in Bristol, which had been used by a number of clockmaking firms since 1820.
Having originally purchased their movements from various sources, in 1865 the firm decided to establish their own movement making facility. A hardware shop was moved onto a piece of land owned by the firm and veteran clockmaker Anson L. Atwood set up and managed the movement department for Ingraham for some years.
Elias Ingraham (1805-1885) designed a variety of popular cases and case features for the firm, receiving 17 patents between 1857 and 1873. Many of his cases utilized an unusual figure “8” door design for which he had received a patent in 1857. Rosewood veneered case models with names such as “Doric”, “Venetian”, and “Ionic” were often made in several sizes and held their popularity with the public for many years.
Elias Ingraham’s son Edward Ingraham (1830-1892) succeeded his father as head of the business in 1885. Edward had also received an important patent in 1884 for a method of applying black enamel paint (Japan) to wooden clock cases. Using this method to produce cheaper imitations of French marble mantel clocks was a great success. Though the process was soon imitated by most other clock manufacturers, the Ingraham firm became a leading maker of “black mantel” clocks, introducing 221 models plus special order styles in the following three decades.
In 1887, the firm had its first great expansion with the erection of a 300-foot long, 4 story case shop.