Silas B. Terry, Terryville, Conn., miniature shelf clock with 30 hour ladder time only, movement in a decorative paper covered case, circa 1851.

This form is called a “Cottage Clock.” What is unusual about this example is that the case in veneered with a paper product or decoration. This example features a linear repetitive pattern. All things considered, the condition of this veneer is excellent. We have seen several examples of this case form. Variations in the pattern are somewhat common. This veneered example must have been a more expensive option as compared to one that was finished in a natural wood color. The upper and lower moldings are canted in towards the main body of the case. 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 scene depicts and American eagle with outstretched wings. Olive branches and arrows are clutched in it’s claws. This is a patriotic depiction. The door opens to allow one access to the interior of the case. It swings to the right on a pair of brass pin hinges. The dial is painted on tin. It features a Roman numeral time ring. 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 feature vertical positioned gearing and the time spring is mounted on the outside of the back plate. It is key wound and designed to 30 hours on a full wind. Pasted inside the case on to the backboard is the Maker’s label. This label is in very good original condition and features blue printing.

This clock measures approximately 10.25 inches tall. It was made circa 1851.

Inventory TT-169.

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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