Brewster & Ingrahams of Bristol, Connecticut. US. 8-day / Rack & Snail Strike.
212118 Brewster & Ingrahams of Bristol, Connecticut. US. 8-day / Rack & Snail Strike.
This rare steeple or "Sharp Gothic" mantel clock was made by the Brewster & Ingrahams Clock Company of Bristol, Connecticut. This is a very early example of the steeple form in that it has a movement that features the Kirk's Patent cast iron spring holders and a Rack & Snail Striking arrangement. This is a very difficult combination to find.
The brass constructed movement is a time and strike design. It is spring wound and designed to run for eight days on a full wind. The strike is actuated by a rack and snail striking system which located between the plates. It will strike each hour on a large cast iron bell which is mounted to the backboard. This movement is powered by coil springs which are held in a cast iron holder. This design is a Charles Kirk's Patent. The front plate of the movement is die stamped by the manufacturer. The gearing is brass and features rolling pinions. The pendulum bob is brass.
The pine case is veneered rosewood retains a very nice shellac finish. The quality of the wood is quite good as evident in the grain. Both cone shaped steeples are original to this example and retain their sharp points. The front of the clock is fitted with a door that conforms to the gothic shape of the case. This door is fitted with a lock that is opened with a key. A decorative brass escutcheon frames the key hole. The lower section is fitted with a frosted tablet that is original to the clock. The cut design features a basket filled with stylized florals. The upper section of this door is fitted with clear glass. Through this one can view the clock's painted zinc dial. The backboard is covered or more appropriately retains it's original paper which is pasted onto the surface. This clock was made circa 1843 and stands approximately 19 inches tall.
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