Silas Burnham Terry. "Horologist." Terryville, Connecticut. Time and Alarm Cottage Clock.
This form is called a "Cottage Clock." It is an unusual and desirable example because its condition. The case in veneered in rosewood and retains its original finish. The upper and lower moldings are a simple design and slightly overhang the main body. The entire front of this clock doubles as a door. Both panels are fitted with glass. The lower tablet features a lovely acid etched design that is in excellent condition. The door opens to allow one access to the clock. It swings to the right. The dial is painted on tin. It features a Roman hour figures. The time is told by the original brass made hands. Note the unusual location for the winding arbor. This indicates to the astute collector that this clock has S.B.'s Ladder type movement. If you remove the dial you will see that this is the version that is brass constructed with the time spring mounted outside of the back plate. It is key wound and designed to 30 hours on a full wind. You might also notice that this clock is fitted with an alarm. That is wound independently of the time train. Pasted inside the case on to the backboard is the Maker's label. This label is in very good original condition.
This clock measures approximately 10.5 inches tall. It was made circa 1860.
About Silas B. Terry of Terryville, Connecticut.
Silas B. Terry was born on February 1, 1807 and died of a heart attack May 20th, 1876. He was one of eight children born to Eli & Eunice (Warner) Terry. He worked in various clock making enterprises. Some of which included the firm S. B. Terry & Company (1852-1853), and Terryville MFG. Co. (1853-1854.) In 1854, Terry went bankrupt and took a job as a general manager of the William L. Gilbert & Company in Winsted, Connecticut. In 1861, he took a job as superintendent of the Waterbury Clock Company . In 1867, he formed the The Terry Clock Company at Waterbury with his sons. Silas’ early clocks were well made and often had interesting movements. The evidence of his work suggests that he loved to tinker.
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