INDEX # : 040-C-0592

circa: 1898-1915

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CLOCK STYLE Kitchen w/Alarm


The E. Ingraham Co., Bristol, Conn.

Elias Ingraham (1805-1885)

Edward Ingraham (????-1892), Elias's son, in partnership with his father in clock making industry from 1859-1881.  Edward's three sons (Walter, William, & Irving) joined the company along with Elias and Edward when it was reorganized in 1881.
MOVEMENT TYPE Brass, 8-day, T&S, spring driven, hour strike on cathedral gong, alarm. Top plate stamped:
CASE SIZE & CONSTRUCTION Base = 14 ¾", Height = 22 ¾", Depth = 4 ¾"
LABEL INFORMATION Partial original label on back of case, in poor condition.

5" Paper dial with black roman numerals, "Made by the E. Ingraham Co., Bristol Conn., USA".
MISC. FEATURES Dial glass believed to be original, alarm dial is brass with Arabic numerals.
ACQUIRED FROM "Antique auction at "Conestoga Auction House", Manheim, PA.
CONDITION WHEN ACQUIRED Clock not running, case in good condition. Alarm movement not complete, clock movement very dirty.
RESTORATION August 1993 - Cleaned and oiled movement, replaced missing alarm pieces with replacements from Merritt's Antiques..



Clock was formerly part of the "Bubb" estate in Lancaster, PA.

Elias Ingraham was born in Marlborough 1805, and died in 1885. Early in his career he was a cabinet maker (he had apprenticed to a cabinet maker in Glastonbury) and joiner.  He was persuaded to relocate to Bristol, Ct. by George Mitchell and Mr. Hinman to design and manufacture clock cases. He also designed and made Triple Decker cases for C. & L.C. Ives, and other firms. Elias Ingraham was credited for designing the "Gothic" style shelf clock case, including the Round, Sharp, and Steeple varieties. These case designs were copied by many clockmakers of the time. Elias began his career as a clock maker in 1831, and operated with various partners and under various names through 1884 when his company became the E. Ingraham Co.. Elias's son Edward Ingraham carried on the business after his father's death, and was named president of the joint stock company in 1887. The E. Ingraham Company produced clocks well into the 20th century.

The Bristol Press wrote of Elias's passing in 1885: "While vacationing at Martha's Vineyard, Elias Ingraham died last Sunday of cholera morbus."

The top image is The E. Ingraham Company factory c. 1875 in Bristol, Conn.

The middle image is of workers in The E. Ingraham Co. Movement Shop c. 1902.

The bottom image is The E. Ingraham Company Case Shop c. 1890

REFERENCES 1. "The Book of American Clocks" by Brooks Palmer, 1967, short history of company on page 219.
2. Reprint of "The E. Ingraham & Co. Illustrated Catalogue & Price List - 1880"

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