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Posted 5 years ago


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I just recently acquired this beautiful clock from an estate sale, don't know anything about it, other than it was running, timing seems good, and I have the key for it.

The label on the back is prety worn, how do I know which company made this, or the age and approx value of it.

Any help would be appreciated.

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  1. Bruce99 Bruce99, 5 years ago

    For some reason this clock is listed under "Waterbury" Clocks. Those hands are typical of Ingraham clocks and *that* is where I found your model.

    You have an Ingraham wood case mantel clock from their "Defender" series. It was designated as "Jasper" circa 1896 made of oak.

    Yours is a very nice example with what appears to be the original glass tablet, hands and dial. I'd be careful with the door. It looks like a piece of the molding is starting to loosen. A very easy fix. If you decide to re-glue it, try to find some "Hide" glue to do so. It's period appropriate and over a long period of time will work much better for this application than will modern wood glues. You don't need to use the heated wood glue, they have bottled formulas that stay liquid at room temperature. It should be strong enough for the door joint. You'd probably have to order it online although local hardware/lumber stores may carry it. It has a limited shelf life so be sure to check it. If push comes to shove you can use modern wood glue, of course, but it's not ideal. If it is not too loose, don't worry about it, just keep an eye on it.

    Generally speaking, these clocks were referred to as wood cased mantel clocks. Popularly, they are called "Gingerbread" Clocks because of their ornate wood designs. Some were carved but many more were pressed patterns usually in oak, some in walnut, others in a combination of woods and a few with metal ornaments.

    They are also sometimes referred to as "Kitchen" clocks...especially if they came equipped with an alarm movement, which you can imagine may have come in very handy in the kitchen.

    These types of clocks were made by all of the major American Manufacturers, some with a pretty extensive list of models. I'll ask the C.W. Staff to re-categorize this clock as an Ingraham.

    Hope this helps. If so, please click on the gray "Mystery Solved" button right below your post description. Thanks.


  2. toolate2 toolate2, 5 years ago
    I'm not a big fan of "kitchen" clocks but this one is beautiful! I love the carved details... Thanks for sharing!!

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