Silas Burnham Terry. "Horologist." Terryville, Connecticut. An OG or Ogee shelf or wall clock.
This is a very clean example of a mahogany case box clock having the pasted label of ""SILAS B. TERRY / TERRYVILLE, CONN."
This is an excellent example of this form. The case is veneered in mahogany. The veneer has very little if any losses. The wood retains a older finish that is stable and consistent. The front of the case features a large door. The upper section is fitted with clear glass. Through this one can view the painted wooden dial. The dial features gilt spandrel decorations, a time track with Roman style hour figures, brass grommets are fitted around the winding arbors and the center section is left open in order to easily view the turning of the escape wheel and other brass gearing incorporated in the movement. This weight driven movement is designed to run 30 hour on a full wind and strikes the hour on a wire gong that is mounted to the backboard of the clock. The lower section of the door is fitted with a decorative acid etched tablet that is original to the clock. This tablet is in outstanding original condition and features a vase full of flowers. Open this door and one can access the pendulum and cast iron weights. The Maker's label is pasted on to the backboard inside the case. It is in good original condition having some areas of loss.
This clock measures approximately 26 inches tall, 15.5 inches wide and 4.5 inches deep. This clock was made circa 1845.
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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