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    Posted 1 year ago

    Bruce99
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    Greetings to the C.W. Community.

    Here I wish to share with you an antique Ingraham Black Mantel "Girl" Clock from circa 1900.

    The case features four porcelain panels which depict female cherubs in flight. The porcelain panels, as well as the ornate side ornaments and feet really stand out against a wood case which is finished in basic black enamel paint. In addition, the Cherub "Columns" have foundations and entablatures painted to simulate red marble.

    This example has its original, age-appropriate paper dial with Roman Numerals. Note the little horizontal slot right above the center of the dial. This slot is for Ingraham's patented Thumb Wheel Regulator. The Regulator is used to easily adjust the speed of the clock's mechanical 8-day time and strike movement through the dial so that you don't have to open the back of the clock to fiddle with the length of the pendulum bob. The clock can be made to run faster by rotating the wheel to the left or slower by rotating it to the right. This was a patented feature unique only to Ingraham clocks and is one sure way you can identify a clock from this period as an "Ingraham".

    The movement is based on very old, pendulum-regulated design. A well maintained example can usually be adjusted to attain an accuracy of somewhere between 1-3 minutes per week. The movement's mainsprings need to be re-wound. In this clock's case, once per week. This certainly doesn't compare with today's cheap, silent, battery-powered, throw-away quartz movements. Some folks prefer that their clocks be seen and not heard, but these antique movements are the heart of the clock. They contribute to the clock's measured presence through a gentle, characteristic "tick-tock" sound and the very audible "striking" announcement of the hour. One strike signals one-o'clock, twelve strikes tells you its noon (or midnight). You'd probably not want to keep a clock like this in your bedroom. However, after a while, you get used to the sound and tend to only really "hear" it when you want to pay attention. The entire clock case serves as a resonator for the gong and each clock, as is the case with musical instruments, has its own unique. sound. Otherwise identical examples of the same model may sound very similar to one another but no two clocks sound exactly the same. The half-hours are signaled with a single, crisp, crystal-clear ringing strike on the brass cup bell.

    In my opinion, like any antique, clocks like this really need to be seen and appreciated for what they are, and within the historical context of their date of manufacture.

    We hope that you enjoyed meeting our old Gal.

    Thanks for stopping by and for your time.

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    Comments

    1. Newfld Newfld, 1 year ago
      Fabulous mantel clock, one of the loveliest I have ever seen. The entire composition is beautiful, but I am just in love with those cherub panels, they remind me of the Dresden Ambrosius Lamm angels
    2. Bruce99 Bruce99, 1 year ago
      Thank you
      blunderbuss2
      Newfld
      Toyrebel
      Ben and
      OfficialFuel
      for the loves. I'm happy to know that you enjoyed the post.
      Thanks also for your very kind remarks Newfld. I really love your art glass postings. All very beautiful.
    3. Bruce99 Bruce99, 1 year ago
      Thank you Vetraio50.
    4. Brunswick Brunswick, 1 year ago
      Hello..You may find this Intresting, or you may not...The angels on your clock may have a spiritual reason that is taken from a book in the Bible, Revelation, chapter 10, verses 5-6. It speaks of a Angel in control in some way of Time. Just a thought...

      Thomas.
    5. Bruce99 Bruce99, 1 year ago
      Hi Thomas.
      Thanks for stopping by, for the love and for your interesting comments. Art often leaves much to the imagination. Clocks in paintings have been interpreted as the artist's depiction of mortality. You may be right. The artist(s) who came up with this model's design may have been thinking beyond mortal time. That's a nice aspect of Art of Horology and Horology in Art. Newfld's observation about Dresden Ambrosius Lamm Angels is right on the mark. See this link:
      https://a.1stdibscdn.com/archivesE/upload/f_17492/f_3904002/dresden_ambrosius_lamm_cups_cherubs_20__master.jpg
      The images are from roughly the same time period. American clock manufacturers often contracted with German Porcelain makers or the artist/designers at Ingraham may have been influenced by the work of the German Artists.
    6. Bruce99 Bruce99, 1 year ago
      Fortapache & Mrstyndall
      Thank you for stopping by and for the loves.
    7. Bruce99 Bruce99, 10 months ago
      Thank you mikelv85
    8. Bruce99 Bruce99, 10 months ago
      Thank you for the "Love It" hunterglee!
    9. Bruce99 Bruce99, 10 months ago
      Thank you
      Re-In-Vintage,
      pw-collector and
      Sean68!
      Much appreciated!
    10. Bruce99 Bruce99, 7 months ago
      Roycroftbooksfromme1, thank you for your "Love It". Happy to know that you enjoyed the Post! :)
    11. Bruce99 Bruce99, 3 months ago
      Thank you rlwindle!

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