Ingraham Wall Clock, Similar to the Ionic

This Ingraham wall clock is similar to their Ionic, but has scrollwork sides along with the rosettes. Inside the backboard is a green label saying:

8-Day
STANDARD.

MANUFACTURED BY
CHARLES F. ADAMS, ERIE PA.
DIRECTIONS FOR REGULATING.
If the clock runs too fast, lower the Ball, if too slow raise
by means of the Nut under the Ball.

Note: part of the label on this clock is missing, but I saw a similar one on eBay and got the missing text from that.

I don’t see this case design in Tran Duy Ly’s Ingraham book, so perhaps it was a custom design for Charles F. Adams?

This 8-day clock strikes the hours (most clocks of this period don’t do half hour strike, that came later), and has “simple” calendar work with a red hand showing the day of the month. On months of less than 31 days, the calendar hand needs to be set manually ahead the morning or afternoon of the first day of the new month.

The movement is stamped “E. Ingraham Co.”, the company under this name was in business from 1884 to 1958. The patent dates Oct. 8 79 and Nov. 11 79 (where “79” is 1879) are stamped into the front plate below “E. INGRAHAM CO.” and above “BRISTOL, CONN.” Thus the clock must have been made in 1884 or later, probably sometime up to ca. 1890 or 1900.

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Repair job 8551. The original mainsprings were 3/4″ wide by 0.019″ thick. This is on the thick side, although thickness isn’t usually a problem with very old springs of weaker material. The time mainwheel teeth are about 20% worn. I replaced both mainsprings with thinner, longer springs. They are 3/4 x 0.014 x 108″, and run the clock very well.

I polished the pivots and installed 10 bushings, installed new click rivets, and adjusted the escapement.


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3 comments

  1. Hello Cydney. Just saw your post. I have the exact same clock you are looking for.
    Looks and runs like new. Asking $350 plus s/h. I’m in south Georgia

    My cell phone is 912-224-8027
    Send me a text and I’ll send some pictures

  2. I saw one on eBay a couple months ago, but it is sold now. If you search eBay for a charles adams clock or ingraham wall clock, one should show up sooner or later.

  3. Hi There!

    I’m writing to see if you would be able to help me locate a clock just like this that I could purchase.

    It’s an heirloom clock from my wife’s family, and it was very beloved to her. It was the one thing she wanted from their estate. Sadly, it was sent to her in the mail and never showed up. She did her best to track it down (this was twenty years ago), but was never able to locate the lost package.

    It is really tender to her that this clock was lost, and recently, I’ve picked up the torch to see if I can find a replica for her.

    I’ve learned enough about the clock, and compared it with old family photos to confirm that this one you repaired is in fact the clock. An E. Ingraham calendar wall clock, with these ornaments on the side, purchased sometime in the late 19th or early 20th Century. I would love to find a clock exactly like this that I could purchase to replace the one her family lost.

    I’m wondering if you would have any advice as to how I would go about finding this clock? Any specific collectors I could reach out to? Any boards I could post on where someone might have information on a potential lead?

    Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!

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