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Antique American Clocks                     JULY 2024

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120.             $35

E. Ingraham Co. enameled wood mantel clock, ca. 1890. As Chris Bailey discusses in Ly’s book, Ingraham Clocks & Watches (page 177), the Ingraham company produced 220 models of “black mantel” clocks, largely in response to the importation of French marble and slate clocks.  Edward Ingraham even obtained a patent for “Japanning wooden clock cases” (Japanning was a term for repeated coats of enamel paint).  I suspect Ingraham made more black mantel models than any other clock manufacturer.  This one is not shown in Ly’s book, but the movement is marked E Ingraham Co. The case is 10.5 inches tall and 16 inches wide, with a clean old finish and slight crackling in places.  The half-columns and pedestals are marbleized wood.  The black dial has a leatherlike feel, and the gold numbering has been strengthened on some numerals. The matching gold hands are Ingraham-style, behind a flat glass in a brass bezel.  The pendulum hangs in the front of the movement (behind the dial) and can be accessed by a cutout in the bottom of the case - and unusual arrangement.  It is an 8-day, time-and-strike movement that strikes the hours and half hours on a cathedral gong.  It is running and striking.  Remnants of a label on the back, but I think it is a retailer’s label.  $35–$120.