Saturday, March 9, 2013

A Birthday Surprise

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!

27 comments:

  1. What a beautiful gift, something to treasure for ever.
    Many happy returns of your birthday, Sarah.

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  2. It's just beautiful, Sarah! What a great gift! Happy Birthday to you! I recently had a birthday too, but I'm not saying how old I am. :-)
    God bless,
    Anne♥

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  3. I am 27 this year - I didn't realise that we were the same age. :)

    Such a beautiful clock! I would much prefer an antique one that has been loved and cherished over the years to a modern one. More character! x

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  4. Happy belated birthday Sarah!!! I'm glad to hear you had a really special day. What a neat old clock that is! That was so thoughtful of your family to get it for you. :-)

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  5. Oh what a beautiful clock! That's so exciting that it's ticking away. A great surprise for sure! And happy birthday my dear! :)

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  6. That was such a sweet thoughtful gift. Happy Birthday Sarah!

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  7. Happy birthday! The clock is beautiful and such a great gift and its in great condition for its age!

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  8. Happy happy birthday. The clock is certainly a beautiful present and a treasure for sure.

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  9. Happy Birthday Sarah.

    What a blessing to receive from your parents, they listened and then went looking for the clock that you can treasure for lifetime and pass down to next generations one day.
    It is totally amazing how they do run and keep sync in time.
    The sound of a lovely clock, does it have a nice chime to it?

    kathy

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  10. Such a pretty clock and hope you had a wonderful birthday!
    Amy K.

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  11. A belated Happy Birthday, Sarah! I am glad you had a lovely day! The clock is beautiful, and a lovely gift for you to treasure.

    Blessings in Christ,
    Anna

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  12. Happy Birthday, Sarah! I was just thinking the other day that your birthday must have passed already, but I have been so occupied that I didn't get to check when it was. I am glad to hear you had a special day!

    The clock is beautiful! Your house must have such a nice, old-fashioned look with all of your collected antiques. :)

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  13. Hi Sarah!

    Happy belated birthday!

    The clock is beautiful! What a treasure, and what a lovely surprise it must have been. It would be pretty amazing to hear its history, like you said. I feel the same way with my violin sometimes. :-)

    By the way, thank you for the email; I'll try to write back soon!

    ~Katie D.

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  14. It is indeed, Elizabeth! And thank you. :)

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  15. Thank you, Mrs. Anne! And Happy Birthday to you as well! I hope that it was a special day for you!

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  16. I didn't realize we were the same age either, Jenny!

    Your comment about why you would prefer an antique clock over a modern one made me smile . . . I would agree! They certainly do have more character.

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  17. Thank you, Karen! It was indeed thoughtful of them. :) I am so blessed to have the family that I do!

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  18. Thank you, Nabila! And yes, it is! :)

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  19. Thank you, Nikki! :) It was indeed . . . which adds all the more specialness to the clock!

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  20. Thank you, K. Family! I was amazed at how good of condition it was in for its age . . . it has certainly been well cared for!

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  21. Thank you, Suze! Yes, it is indeed a treasure!

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  22. Thank you, Kathy! It was very much so. It was so thoughtful of them!

    Yes, the clock does have a nice chime . . . at least I think so! :)

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  23. Thank you, Amy! And yes, it was a wonderful birthday. :)

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  24. Thank you, Anna, for your sweet note! The clock will indeed be treasured, and all the more so given the specialness and thoughtfulness behind the gift. :)

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  25. Thank you, Anna! And that's sweet that you even remembered that my birthday was around now. :) Time does seem to be going by quickly doesn't it? Especially this time of year as there is so much to do in preparation for spring. I hope that whatever has been filling your days has been going smoothly for you!

    You're right! Our home is getting more of an old-fashioned look inside. :) A look that we really like!

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  26. Hello, Katie, and thank you! It was so nice (and a pleasant surprise) to see a note from you here. :)

    It was indeed a lovely surprise! Knowing the history of your violin would be especially amazing given all of the family history that surrounds it. If only objects could talk!

    You're welcome in regards to the e-mail! And I look forward to hearing back from you whenever you have opportunity to write. :)

    Thank you again!

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  27. Happy belated Birthday Sarah! That's a beautiful clock! Is that the picture of flowers beneath? I couldn't really tell, I tried to look up closer but couldn't.

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