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165.           $950

Brewster & Ingrahams early round gothic (beehive), ca. 1842.  A rare and early round gothic that uses Kirkís patent repeating, rack-and-snail strike movement, here with the brass springs housed in cast iron cups.  This is the second generation of this early movement; for more details see Ly, American Clocks, Vol. 3, page 32.  The use of enclosed brass springs was soon discontinued due to cost and the recognition that these movements would not readily explode.  The 19-inch case has beautiful mahogany veneer on the front rounded surfaces, with minor chips along the edges.  The dial glass is a replacement, the lower cut and frosted glass is likely original.  The signed dial is wood, as was used in these early spring-driven clocks. It is slightly convex at the edges and has been touched up across the X to IIII.  The hands are period and correct.  The 8-day time-and-strike movement is wound but frozen, and I didnít force it; there is a period embossed brass pendulum bob.  There is a good label and a key for the door latch, but it doesnít work.  This clock was probably only made for one year.  AAC sold a near-identical example last summer for $1300.  $950-$1500.

 

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Antique American Clocks                     January 2023

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