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Mantle Clock
ca. 1871
E. J. Ingraham & Co.
USA: Connecticut, Bristol
Wood, brass, paper, glass
overall: 14.5 x 10.25 in.
Gift of Mrs. Willis R. Michael
82.53.12a-b

Mantle Clock; a: clock: "Grecian Mosaic" style; maple and walnut "zebra" case; brass dial stamped: "Pat. July 5, 1870"; green paper door label: "Elias Ingraham's (Patent)/ May 30, 1871"; green case label: "E. Ingraham & Co./ Bristol, Conn./ Grecian/ Trade/ Mark"; movement: 8-day, spring-driven, alarm; front plate: stamped, "E. Ingraham & Co./ Bristol, Conn."; b: pendulum.


Elias Ingraham (1805–1885) trained as a cabinetmaker before turning his talents to designing fashionable clock cases. Researchers credit him with creating more clock case designs than anyone else in his era. He received over ten patents for his designs. With a knack for marketing, Ingraham gave his clocks evocative names such as the Grecian (this model) or the Venetian.