M.W. ATKINS 8-DAY TRIPLE DECKER CORNICE AND COLUMN MANTLE CLOCK - For Sale
M.W. ATKINS 8-DAY TRIPLE DECKER CORNICE AND COLUMN MANTLE CLOCK
The M.W. Atkins Clock Company was founded by Merritt Atkins, his son Thomas Atkins and Irenus Atkins in 1840 at Bristol, Connecticut. Their company was the successor to the old Atkins and Porter Clock Company. Merritt Atkins was born in 1804 and died at the age of 69 in 1873. This wonderful example of his unique clockmaking skill features the rare brass movement configuration that is known and sought-after by clock historians and horologists. It is unusual because of the configuration on the strike side gearing. This was designed by Atkins to avoid violating the Jerome striking patent. It sometimes resulted in mechanical problems. However, our clockmaker seems to have adjusted this movement very well and it is striking the hours properly (although at about 3 minutes before each hour). The eight-day brass weight-driven movement runs well and strikes the hours on a resonant coil gong. The door glasses are old originals, probably made in New York(see photographs). They retain much of their original paint, with some loss as expected. The label (see photograph) has a wonderful American Eagle with the E Pluribus Unum motto and retains the M.W. Atkins name as well as Bristol, Connecticut. Overall, this is a very scarce example of the ingenious work of one of Connecticut's well-known clockmakers. Priced lower than expected due to the fact that it has been consigned to OLD TIMERS LLC by a nationally known clock collector who is reducing his inventory.