Eli Terry Outside Escapement Pillar and Scroll Clock, Plymouth, Connecticut, c. 1817-18, the mahogany case with scroll top, flame birch plinths and brass finials, freestanding columns flanking the full-length door, the glazed upper section over the painted wooden Arabic numeral dial with floral spandrels, outside escapement with blued steel diamond-shaped hands, the lower with reverse-painted glass depicting a rural garden scene with trees and pendulum aperture, all on French feet with scalloped apron, the label inside the backboard reading in part, Patent/ Invented/Made and Sold By Eli Terry, Plymouth., Model 3, thirty-hour wooden movement with full plates, count-wheel strike and tin-cased weights with wooden caps and integral pulleys, ht. 29 1/2 in.
Note: These rare examples of the birth of mass production in clockmaking are discussed and illustrated in Kenneth Roberts and Snowden Taylor, Eli Terry and the Connecticut Shelf Clock (revised second edition), pp. 87-90. This clock is illustrated in Brooks Palmer, The Book of American Clocks, pls. 182, 183.
Provenance: Peter Mitchell, Mitchell Inn, Middletown, New York.
No significant repairs, replacements or restoration, original scrolls, feet and skirting, weight holes through bottom board show evidence of once being covered with dust paper; dust paper on entire backboard complete but coming unglued, dial and all glass are undisturbed and original, weights and pendulum appear to be the originals.
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