ELI TERRY JR., A CARVED MAHOGANY AND GLOMIS SHELF CLOCK, PLYMOUTH CONNECTICUT, CIRCA 1825
Inside labeled Patent Clocks invented by Eli Terry, made and sold in Plymouth Connecticut by Eli Terry Jun'r
Height is 32 1/2 inches ( 82 centimeters)
Width is 16 3/4 inches (42.5 centimeters)
Patrick Terry and Eli Terry are both descended from Samuel Terry who came to the United States from England in 1652. Eli Terry received the first clock patent issued in the United States and is responsible for developing the techniques for mass production of clocks in the 1800's. He is to clocks in the United States as Henry Ford is to automobiles.
Eli made the first affordable mantle clocks for the settlers in the East and South. These were all wooden clocks. The shelf clock did not have a brass works because of the cost of brass. Wooden gear clocks were very popular at this time. It was said that Seth Thomas copied Terry's patent. It also was called a Table Clock as it would and fit in where the once Carriage Clock and Bracket Clocks were used.
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