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Connecticut Clockmakers & Antique Clock Collecting : E. Ingraham Antique Connecticut Clocks

Connecticut Clockmakers & Antique Clock Collecting : E. Ingraham Antique Connecticut Clocks


Another one of the Connecticut clock making
giants was the E Ingraham Company, Elias Ingraham. He actually also worked in the earlier days
of clock making but went in and out of business, had various of his factories burn down as
most of them did sometimes during their history, but really got going strong later in the eighteen
hundreds. He got very active in making the mass produced clocks that you’re going to
find if you’re looking for antique clocks. This is an example, kind of a sorry one but
it’s one that I could dig out of my shop quickly. It’s an example of a black mantel clock. The
way that you can spot Ingraham clocks almost immediately is because they have a slow fast
adjuster poking out of the dowel right there above the center shaft. So the, this was a
innovation or let’s say at least an adaptation of a way to make a slow fast adjustment on
these ticking clocks in a way that was different than the others. It’s a little wheel that
you push one way or the other. But millions of E Ingraham clocks were made, again I point
you to a Tran Duy Ly book which relates to Ingraham where you can read all about the
history of the man and his products. He was also, at least claims to have been the inventor
of the steeple clock that we looked earlier. He called it the Sharp Gothic at the time
but at least some credited him with that design which was an important early step in mass
produced clock making. This is a later style obviously, black mantle, we’ll look at these
again. When we’re talking about styles we just, you can always look at the back and
you can see the movement inside and make sure that it is still in there and that it’s a
clock that’s going to tick and strike for you happily.

2 comments on “Connecticut Clockmakers & Antique Clock Collecting : E. Ingraham Antique Connecticut Clocks

  1. You can believe me or not, but I am E. Ingraham's great-grandson, Faith's grandson, and I am proud to see his innovative products shown on modern media. Until Youtube, one would have to visit the clock and watch museum in Bristol. Thank you for the video!

    -Eddie Witlicki

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