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66.            $350

Brewster & Ingrahams Patent Eight Day Repeating Brass Clock (sharp gothic), 1845–1846.  This steeple uses a modified version of Kirk’s patented eight-day repeating brass movement where only the springs are enclosed in cast iron cups, and there is no iron backplate.  Ly (American Clocks, Vol. 3, page 32) states that this was a transition movement that was probably only used for a year, after which the use of enclosing cups was discontinued.  The label dates the clock to 1845-1846 based on the address of the label printer (26 State St, Hartford, Conn – NAWCC Bulletin 225, 1983, pages 422-430).  The 20-inch case has good, clean rosewood veneer all around, rosewood cone finials, and two original glasses, the upper glass held in place with old/original putty.  The tablet is cut and frosted glass.  The painted dial has a couple of spots of well-done touch-up and the original hands.  The 8-day, time-and-strike movement is running and striking; my consignor tells me that only the time side has a brass spring, the strike spring having been replaced.  The round brass gong base began to be used about this time, replacing the brass lyre base.  There is a label behind plastic with an unfortunate retailer’s label obscuring some of the makers’ label.  These clocks are rare; AAC sold a slightly fancier version of this clock last summer for $479; there are no sales listed on the Antique Clocks Identification and Price Guide or LiveAuctioneers.  $350–$600.

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Antique American Clocks                     JULY 2024

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