E Ingraham & Company - Argand Cottage Clock

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  1. Robert Ryan

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    This one appeared to me at my favorite barn full an antiques. The case is in fine condition and the movement is strong. The strike was out of adjustment...but that was about it... other than the usual cleaning.

    Really like the scene on the tablet....anyway...a new member of the family.
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  2. Steven Thornberry

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    It seems to be a very nice example of the Argand. "E. Ingraham & Co." on the movement and the label would date it pre-1884, when the company name changed to "The E Ingraham Co." (no ampersand). Does the label have the definite article before "E. Ingraham & Co."? I am assuming not. If it did, that would narrow down the date range to 1880-84. Otherwise, a range of 1861 to 1880 (movements carried no definite article).

    Ingraham did not produce many "conventional" cottage clocks; the Argand may be considered one. Joyce Wahler, one of the premiere horological scholars, in a July/August 2012 NAWCC Bulletin article expressed the opinion that "the miniature Venetian was the E. Ingraham & Co. answer to the "cottage clocks" that were so popular at this time." For a miniature Venetian, see this post: Ingraham Clocks

    I also have an Argand with a similar scene on the glass, but otherwise not so nice as yours. I also have a couple of Ingraham Dorics with such glasses, as well. A chromolithograph(?). Some one correct me on that point. In any event, the glass is very attractive.
     
  3. Robert Ryan

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    #3 Robert Ryan, Jun 13, 2019
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    Here is a pic of the label....does this answer your question? I am very pleased with the condition of the case and movement. Not much wear and it doesn't seem as though it's been tinkered with much at all. BTW it does appear to be all original...the dial is cardboard...is that original also?

    Perhaps I need to remove the alarm movement to see the entire label....

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  4. Robert Ryan

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    Here is the entire label:

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  5. Steven Thornberry

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    The name "E. Ingraham & Co." would put it in the 1860-1880 range. I also see that the label mentions an Oct. 8, 1878, patent. There was a companion patent of Nov. 11, 1879. After that patent was granted, Ingraham began stamping them on their movements until the late 1890's. Since your movement does not carry the patent dates, I would suggest the movement was made before 1879, and the clock perhaps about the same time. In fact, a reprint of the Ingraham 1880 catalogue and price list indicates that the Argand was offered between 1879 and 1882.

    BTW, where I wrote "1861" above (post # 2), I should have written "1860." Sorry for the slip.
     
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    Thank you so much for that history....very interesting.
     

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