Henry Terry of Plymouth, Connecticut. 8-Day Wood
Henry Terry was born in Plymouth, Connecticut on November 2nd, 1801 and died January 7th, 1877. 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 E. Terry & Sons (1823-1831), E. Terry & Son (1831-1832), Henry Terry & Co. (1834-1836) and the Terry Clock Company in Waterbury.
This clock is often called or referred to as a "Transitional Shelf Clock." It retains it's original manufactures’ label which is pasted inside the case. It reads "PATENT EIGHT DAY CLOCKS, MADE AND SOLD AT PLYMOUTH, CONNECTICUT, BY HENRY TERRY, At the old Manufactory of E. TERRY & SONS…" This Clockmaker's label is in fair original condition and can be found pasted inside the case onto the backboard.
This case is veneered in mahogany and has been refinished. The current finish is appropriate. One can easily view the wonderful grain patterns exhibited in the case. The veneer is very good overall condition. This example stands up on feet. the back feet are simply turned and positioned under the case. The front two feet are carved in the form of animal paws. These are easily viewed under the clock. The right foot has suffered some damage to it's toes. This case is fitted with four columns. The four carved pineapples that are incorporated into this design is worth noting. It is an attractive detail. The top of the case is surmounted with a gallery. Two plinths center a deeply carved basket of fruit and vegetables are surrounded by a cluster of leaves. This splat is original to this clock and in excellent condition. The front of the case is fitted with two separate doors. The lower door is decorated with a reverse painted tablet. This original reverse painted tablet is in very good original condition having only small areas of paint loss. The subject matter features traditional themes. Please note the heart shaped opening in the decoration of this glass. It purpose is to enable one to see the motion of the brass pendulum bob when this clock is operating. Through this door, one can access the weights, pendulum and clockmakers label. The upper door is fitted with clear glass. Through this one can view the dial. This dial is painted on wood and features gilt decorations in the spandrel areas and large Arabic numerals are used to mark each hour on the time track. The movement is constructed in wood. This wooden works movement is weight driven and is designed to run 8 days on a full wind. It is also designed to strike each hour on a cast iron bell. The bell is mounted to the backboard below the movement. This fine example stands approximately 37.5 inches tall and was made circa 1835.
Eight day wood movement clocks are somewhat difficult to find in today's marketplace. The weight required to run this clock on the time side alone is in the vicinity of 8 pounds. This can exert a lot of stress on the craved wooden teeth in the time train. When one finds an example such as this one, it is easy to imagine that the original owners did not use this clock very often and that this clock must have bee replaced in service with a clock that had brass works very early on in it's ownership. As a result, it most likely ended up in someone's back room as an after thought. Today, these are eagerly sought out by collectors making this fine example worthy of ones collection.
Inventory number 210005.
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