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Silas B. Terry Balance Wheel Steeple Clock

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Clocks, Watches & Scientific Instruments - 2804M
Date / Time :
April 25, 2015 10:00AM


Silas B. Terry Balance Wheel Steeple Clock, Terryville, Connecticut, c. 1845, oversized "sharp Gothic" shelf clock with full-length door, the upper glazed section over the painted wooden Roman numeral dial with openings for seconds and the 3-in. vertical balance wheel, the lower with transfer-decorated and painted tablet with royal blue background, printed maker's label inside backboard stating in part, Balance Clocks Invented by Eli Terry/Manufactured by Silas B. Terry, Terryville, Connecticut, thirty-hour, strap brass, fusee movement regulated by a brass balance, ht. 24 1/2 in.

Provenance: Anthony J. Sposato; Terry and Karen Brotherton.

Literature: This clock is illustrated and discussed in New England Clocks and Watches/15th Annual NAWCC Convention Exhibition, 1959, p. 23; NAWCC Bulletin Vol. IV, No. 3, Whole #33, pp. 115-116; Brooks Palmer, A Treasury of American Clocks, p. 149; Horology Americana, p. 183; and Classic American Clocks, p. 10; Horological Rarities of Space City '99, p. 28 (exhibited).
Estimate $8,000-12,000

Minor losses to painted wooden dial.

The absence of a condition statement does not imply that the lot is in perfect condition or completely free from wear and tear, imperfections or the effects of aging. Condition requests can be obtained via email (lot inquiry button) or by telephone to the appropriate gallery location (Boston/617.350.5400 or Marlborough/508.970.3000). Any condition statement given, as a courtesy to a client, is only an opinion and should not be treated as a statement of fact. Skinner Inc. shall have no responsibility for any error or omission.


Silas B. Terry, Connecticut, Terryville, Eli Terry, Karen Brotherton, Anthony J. Sposato, Brooks Palmer