Atkins Whiting & Co. 30 day Wagon Spring
Atkins, Whiting & Co. Rosewood Parlor #1 shelf clock Circa 1850-1856. Irenus Atkins formed a company with his nephew George Rollin Atkins and Adna Whiting in 1850. They made a wall clock and a mantel clock under license from Joseph Ives using the lever spring (wagon spring) movement. In 1855 the company was dissolved as a result of a dispute over the use of the Ives patent. The disagreement with Ives led to the dissolution of this company and terminated the use of Ives’ patents. Joseph Ives wrote to Atkins: “I forbid you and each of you to use or allow to be used, my Patent Elliptical Spring referred to in said contracts in the manufacture or sale of any clocks or in any manner.” As a result, the era of the Atkins wagon spring clock ended in 1855 and upon the dissolution, a newly formed Atkins Manufacturing Company emerged producing clocks with fusee movements. The veneered Rosewood case stands 17 1/2 inches tall, 13 inches wide and 5 1/2 inches deep overall. The painted rectangular Zinc dial measures 8 X 6 1/2 inches with a 4 1/4″ time track and 3/4″ numerals. The round movement sits on top of a large, ornate, cast iron support frame for the wagon springs, taking up the entire interior of the case and weighing over 15 lb. This is a time-only, 30-day movement with two winding arbors. The clock is running. The case has never been refinished, the dial is untouched and so is the reverse glass tablet.