S. B. Terry
Silus Burnham Terry, Terryville, CT weight driven regulator clock circa 1830. This style wall clock is often referred to as a “Tavern Clock,…” and they are extremely hard to find especially in this condition. S. B. Terry was born in 1807 and died in 1876. He was a successful clockmaker and invented many ingenious movements. He was a pioneer in Early American Clock making. The son and apprentice of Eli Terry it is important to understand that in contrast to his father S. B. Terry had a strong preference for clock movements constructed out of brass. Unlike most of the early 19th Century American Tavern Clocks, his example has the additional unique feature of being labeled. The dial is original and made out of wood and is in an excellent state of preservation. It has some in-painting across the center due to normal “stretch marks” you find in these dials. This was done a long time and looks great. The label is original as well. The bezel and hinges are original and the glass has restored putty. The lower door is original. The cast iron weight is original and the weight has never gone through the bottom of the case. The case has never been refinished and note the bottom board that is still in tact. The skeletonized weight driven timepiece is original to the case and this type of movement is something that you love to see as a collector when you remove the dial ! Overall the clock is 34 1/2″ long, 3 3/4″ deep. The 12 ” dial with 10 ” on the time track bearing 1 1/2″ painted numerals.