Terry and Andrews Shelf Clock, 1840s

Terry and Andrews Shelf Clock, 1840s

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Made in the 1840s by the firm of Terry and Andrews, this clock represents an effort to incorporate imported springs, instead of falling weights, to drive the brass movement. At the time of its manufacture, there was no spring-making industry in the United States.
Theodore Terry and Franklin Andrews formed a partnership in 1842 in Bristol, Conn., to make brass clock movements, which began to replace wooden ones after 1838. In 1850 they moved to Ansonia, Conn., to form a company with Anson Phelps who owned a brass mill there. Beginning as a subsidiary of Phelps’ firm, the Ansonia Clock Company went on to build millions of clocks until it went out of business in 1929.
This clock has a brass time-and-strike movement. Its case has a beehive-shaped iron front inlaid with mother of pearl. The white painted dial has Roman numerals. A label inside the case has directions for setting up and regulating the clock and the makers’ names.
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Object Name
shelf clock
date made
ca 1840s
Terry & Andrews
Physical Description
iron (overall material)
mother of pearl (inlay material)
overall: 15 3/4 in x 8 3/4 in x 3 13/16 in; 40.005 cm x 22.225 cm x 9.652 cm
bezel: 5 in; 12.7 cm
pendulum window: 2 3/4 in; 6.985 cm
ID Number
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Credit Line
James Arthur Collection, New York University
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The Blair County Historical Society of Altoona, Pennsylvania has an identical clock in its collection. The Society is headquartered in the 1846-1849 Elias Baker Mansion and the clock belonged to Mr. Baker. Our clock has had its pendulum weight and one of the clock hands missing and replaced. Otherwise, it is in fine condition and running. Mr. Baker was an ironmaster from Lancaster, Pa who settled in what is now Altoona, before Altoona was founded. His home is a Greek Revival Mansion. See website: blairhistory.org or google Baker Mansion. We would like to know more information of the company that made the clock or any other information you can share. Thank you

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