We celebrated my 27th birthday last week (which was a special and memorable day!), and my parents surprised me with this beautiful antique clock!
When visiting an antique store awhile back, they had taken note when I mentioned that one of the antiques that I would love to have someday would be a tall, wooden, antique mantel clock . . . and thus began their search and this is what they found. While I had been looking for a clock for awhile, I never thought that I would ever have one as beautiful and as old as this one! It was such a thoughtful gift!
It is an Elias Ingraham Clock, and the label inside has the date when it was made, but the last digit is missing. The first three digits are 187_, and after researching online, I am thinking it was made in 1871. That would make it 142 years old . . . if only it could tell the story of its history and the things it has 'seen' over those years!
Old clocks amaze me in their detail and how they can work the way they do . . . no batteries, no electricity, but carefully constructed gears and springs inside, and then beautiful cases that truly make them a work of art.
Even with it being as old as it is, it still works! I love hearing its 'tick, tock.' :) It is losing a little bit of time, though, and after it ran for about a week, it began to sound a little 'grindy' so we are thinking it might need to be cleaned. I am planning to bring it in to a clock shop to have it cleaned and the timing adjusted, and hopefully I will be able to do that soon!