Pillar and Scroll Type Shelf Clock, Made by Eli Terry, 1817-1821

Summary

Eli Terry pioneered the use of interchangeable wooden parts to make his clock works inexpensive. He combined this with a second innovation, his standardized "pillar and scroll" shelf clock, consisting of decorative pillars, supporting a scrolled top, a painted dial, above a reverse painted, decorative scene. For the first time clocks were affordable to all Americans, not just the wealthy.

Eli Terry pioneered the use of interchangeable wooden parts to make his clock works inexpensive. He combined this with a second innovation, his standardized "pillar and scroll" shelf clock, consisting of decorative pillars, supporting a scrolled top, a painted dial, above a reverse painted, decorative scene. For the first time clocks were affordable to all Americans, not just the wealthy.

Artifact

Shelf clock

Date Made

1817-1821

Henry Ford Museum
 On Exhibit

at Henry Ford Museum in Clockwork

Object ID

30.958.115

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Mahogany (Wood)
Glass (Material)
Brass (Alloy)

Dimensions

Height: 29.5 in

Width: 17.5 in

Depth: 5.5 in

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