Silas B. Terry 8-day Fusee with a balance wheel escapement. Sharp Gothic or Steeple Clock. -SOLD-

This shelf clock form was originally called a "Sharp Gothic" and is popularly called a “Steeple clock.” It was made by Silas Burnham Terry of Terryville, Connecticut sometime around 1845. The case is veneered in rosewood and white pine is used as a secondary wood. It is oversized and measures approximately 24.5 inches tall, 13.5 inches wide and 4.25 inches deep. Positioned next to the standard size steeple case form which measures in the neighborhood of 20 inches in height, this clock stands out.

The front of the case is fitted with a door that is divided into two sections. The lower section retains its original reverse painted tablet. This tablet was painted by William Fenn and is in excellent original condition. The upper section is fitted with clear glass. Open this door and one gains access to the interior of the case. The Clockmaker's label is pasted onto the backboard and is in excellent original condition. This paper label reads, “BALANCE / CLOCKS, Invented by ELI TERRY, / And Patented to him, Aug. 9th, 1845, / MANUFACTURED BY / SILAS B. TERRY, / TERRYVILLE, CONN.” The movement is constructed in brass and features a few unusual design elements that are not often commonly associated with this steeple form. The thirty hour brass and steel movement features a skeletonised front plate. The backplate is solid. The gearing is lightly designed and features wheels with thin spokes. The coil springs are fully enclosed and are mounted separately from the movement. Connected to them are the fusee barrels and the main wheel drums which are made from cherry. The power is regulated by a large balance wheel that oscillates in a mesmerizing motion. This motion is visible through the cut out in the dial. In addition, this clock is fitted with a second hand that is displayed above the balance wheel. The strike train is actuated via a countwheel striking system. It strikes each hour on a wire gong mounted to the backboard inside the case. The wooden dial is painted and is original to this clock. It is in very good overall condition.

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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