One of only five known tall case clocks with dials signed by Reuben Ingraham, the present clock, with brass dial and silvered chapter ring, brass sprandrels, calendar aperture, seconds dial, and moon phase is the most fully developed of the group. The case is also among the most elaborate, with a shell-carved door with bull's eye opening, scalloped base molding and ogee bracket feet.
Born in Saybrook, Ingraham was active first in Preston, Connecticut and then in Plainfield, Connecticut, where he bought a parcel of land with John Avery in 1784. Ingraham likely apprenticed with Avery's father, John Avery (1732-1794) of Preston. A related clock from the Mabel Brady Garvan Collection at Yale University Art Gallery is signed "Reuben Ingraham, Preston" and further suggests a connection to this shop (see Battison and Kane, The American Clock (Greenwich, Connecticut, 1973), pp. 26-29). The present example and the other four known tall case clocks by Ingraham are illustrated and discussed in Chase, cited above.