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    Posted 10 months ago

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    For the restoration, I removed as much hardware as I could to get as much access to the finish as possible. I first cleaned the clock with some all purpose cleaner, just to get the big stuff off. Then, I used some extremely high quality english furniture wax to polish the clock. Using a regular shop towel, I polished the entire surface of the clock working one section at a time. On each section, after applying the polish in a circular motion, I let the polish sit for about one to two minutes to allow the polish to set, and then i buffed it off with a microfiber. I washed all the extra hardware pieces, which included the legs and side handles. I chose not to wash the pillars after taking them after finding they were made out of wood. After that, I used steel wool to polish up the brass on the clock face, and then I reassembled the hardware. After a quick final buff, and a blow with the air compressor, the restoration was completed.
    Mystery: still continuing the mystery from earlier!
    What year and hopefully month was the clock made?
    And, what is the value of the clock?
    Thanks for looking!!

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    1. fortapache fortapache, 10 months ago
      That is a beautiful clock.
    2. Gage_robertson_collector Gage_robertson_collector, 10 months ago
      Thank you. Indeed it is.
    3. Bruce99 Bruce99, 10 months ago
      Nice clean up and polish Gage. You generally do not want to get too aggressive with an antique with an original, intact and undamaged finish. I think you did a good job with it.

      The Ingraham "Adrian" was a very popular model with a long run. They began showing up around 1900. Your variation looks to be about circa 1915.

      The through-the-dial thumb wheel regulator was a nice feature unique to, and patented by the Ingraham Clock Company. The only downside is that it may lead to soiled and stained paper dials. With its brass center, your dial avoids that issue altogether.

      If the movement has been properly serviced, you should be good to go for constant operation and display for many years. It's usually a good idea to have the movement checked over and re-oiled every 4-5 years or so. Eventually, more maintenance and repair will be needed, just like any machine with many moving parts.

      You asked for an appraisal. I generally don't venture there.

      Click on this link and you'll see a list of completed auctions/sales of the Adrian on eBay. Some Sellers got the model right, others seem to call whatever they inherited/found an "Adrian".

      Anyway, here's the link:

      Hope that helps.

      Again, nice job and thank you for sharing your Adrian and your enthusiasm for these antique beauties. :)

    4. jscott0363 jscott0363, 10 months ago
      Nice job! Beautiful clock!
    5. Gage_robertson_collector Gage_robertson_collector, 10 months ago
      Hey bruce! Thanks for the help! I really appreciate the help. I just wanted to let you know since posting this i dissembled and took the workings out of the clock, after i learned a serial number on the front of the clocks mechanics tells the month and year. Mine said, E. Ingraham co. , with the numbers being 10 on one side, and 16 on the other. (Im assuming this means October 1916) im not sure. Anyway, thanks again!
    6. Bruce99 Bruce99, 10 months ago
      Hi Gage,
      Yes, I think that you're right. The movement was probably manufactured in Oct of 1916. When everything was put together and sold to a Retailer is anyone's guess. Ingraham sold a lot of these. Maybe it was a nice 1916 Christmas present for someone. If only these old-timers could talk. :)
    7. Gage_robertson_collector Gage_robertson_collector, 10 months ago
      Yes if only, thanks bruce
    8. Bruce99 Bruce99, 10 months ago
      If your mystery is solved, please indicate so in your listing(s).
      If not, what other questions do you have?

    9. Gage_robertson_collector Gage_robertson_collector, 10 months ago
      Just marked it solved! Thanks for letting me know!
    10. CreationOfTheUniverse CreationOfTheUniverse, 10 months ago
      I love the clock and hope to have one this nice one day.

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