On the Fringes of the Prairie, 1800-1850
Objects Shelf clock, ca. 1820
Shelf clock, ca. 1820

The renowned clockmaker, Eli Terry, is credited with the refinement of the shelf clock, making it less expensive than the tall clock and able to run thirty hours. The thirty-hour clock exhibited here has wooden and brass movements including a wooden cog that operates the striking arm. The hand-painted glass depicts Mt. Vernon, the Virginia home of President George Washington.

Made by Eli Terry, Plymouth Hollow, CT
Mahogany, brass finials
Gift of Evangeline and Benjamin F. Hunter, Lebanon, IN (1948.19/ISM #9)

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