Brewster & Ingraham working in Bristol, Connecticut. This is an unusual example in that the movement features cast iron spring holders and a rack and strike striking system.

This rare beehive mantel clock was made by the Brewster & Ingrahams Clock Company of Bristol, Connecticut. This is a very early example of the beehive 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 is designed to strike each hour on a wire gong which is mounted to the backboard. This movement is powered by coil springs which are held in a cast iron holder. This design was patented by Charles Kirk’s. The front plate of the movement is die stamped by the manufacturer. The gearing is brass and features rolling pinions. The pendulum lead bob is covered or faced in brass.

The pine case is veneered rosewood retains a slick finish. The front of the clock is fitted with a door. This door is fitted with a lock that is opened with a key. A decorative bone escutcheon frames the key hole. The lower section is fitted with a period mirror that appears to be original to this clock. The upper section of this door is fitted with clear glass. Through this one can view the clock’s painted wooden 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. This clock is inventory number HH-122.

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