Silas Burnham Terry. "Horologist." Terry's Ville, Connecticut. Mantel clock.
This rare 30-hour brass geared shelf clock was made by Silas B. Terry in Terryville, Connecticut. The case form is similar to a standard og clock accept that it is built on a smaller scale measuring 24.25 inches tall and that the og moldings are here substituted with bevels. This case is veneered in mahogany and the central door is trimmed with a molded edge. This door is fitted with a very fine painted tablet or eglomise’ design. This tablet features a traditional S. B. Terry view of a couple of large buildings set in the countryside. Large trees with "splotchy leaves" are positioned in the foreground an enhances the depth of the overall view. A heart shaped pendulum opening is centered in the design. The backboard is covered in paper. The wooden dial is also covered in paper. The paper dial is signed by the clockmaker. It is inscribed "Silas B. Terry. / Terry’s Ville, Conn’t." Please note the wonderfully decorated spandrels. The brass movement is unusual and considered rare. It is weight driven, retaining it’s original cast iron weights and winds from above the center arbor. The strike train is actuated from a countwheel which uses pins for the hour positions. This clock strikes the hours on a wire gong mounted inside the case.
This outstanding example measures approximately 24.25 inches tall, 13.25 inches wide and is only 3.25 inches deep. This clock was made circa 1840.
This clock is pictured in: American Shelf and Wall Clocks page 156.
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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