Antique American Clocks January 2022
Eli Terry pillar & scroll, ca. 1823. Between 1822 and 1823 Henry Terry manufactured approximately 3100 five-wheel wooden movements for his father, who received a patent on this soon-to-be standard wooden movement in 1823 (Roberts & Taylor, Eli Terry and the Connecticut Shelf Clock, 2nd Edition). These movements were used in pillar & scroll clocks, as found here. Clocks with an Eli Terry manufacturer label are among the most difficult Eli Terry clocks to find. This example has a refinished look with no losses to the mahogany veneer, blond wood accents at the top, and two original glasses. The tablet was repainted by Tom Moberg. I think the scroll top has been professionally repaired and re-veneered; the brass finials are replacements. The feet and skirt look original. The wooden dial shows some flaking but is clean and sharp; note the cast lead hands used with these early models. The 30-hour wooden movement is running and striking reliably. There is a good label inside. $500-$1000.