Terry and Andrews Steeple Clock

Copperdragon3

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I've had this beautiful old 30 hour Terry and Andrews steeple clock for a while now. I bought it off eBay and was pleased to find the original pendulum and a key wrapped in plastic and taped to the inside of the clock. The rosewood (I assume) case is in near perfect condition with no missing or pealing veneer. The brass time spring was replaced with a steel one but the strike spring is brass: the clock runs fine after cleaning and oiling. The glass is all original and has lots of imperfections, and the painted lower section is original as well. I've read about Terry and Andrews and know that since my clock has most of it's original label, and it was made in Bristol, CT, that it dates somewhere between 1841-1850. I'm wondering if anyone can tell me if the painted glass is by William Fenn. I understand he was a prolific painter for the early clock companies but I do know how to identify his work. As always, any information would be greatly appreciated! PXL_20210110_173013678.jpg PXL_20210110_173002817.jpg PXL_20210110_172958227.jpg PXL_20210110_172140198.jpg PXL_20210110_170617494.jpg PXL_20210110_170605130.jpg PXL_20210110_170539524.jpg
 

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I've had this beautiful old 30 hour Terry and Andrews steeple clock for a while now. I bought it off eBay and was pleased to find the original pendulum and a key wrapped in plastic and taped to the inside of the clock. The rosewood (I assume) case is in near perfect condition with no missing or pealing veneer. The brass time spring was replaced with a steel one but the strike spring is brass: the clock runs fine after cleaning and oiling. The glass is all original and has lots of imperfections, and the painted lower section is original as well. I've read about Terry and Andrews and know that since my clock has most of it's original label, and it was made in Bristol, CT, that it dates somewhere between 1841-1850. I'm wondering if anyone can tell me if the painted glass is by William Fenn. I understand he was a prolific painter for the early clock companies but I do know how to identify his work. As always, any information would be greatly appreciated! View attachment 631661 View attachment 631662 View attachment 631663 View attachment 631664 View attachment 631665 View attachment 631666 View attachment 631667
Very nice genuinely antique American clock!! Nice to see on the Forums.

Yes, a Fenn glass and a nice one, too.

A search of the MB would have yielding much info including this thread:

Devoted to William Fenn | NAWCC Forums

You will find there information, examples of his work, along with recommendations for additional reading including a link to a very good NAWCC Bulletin article (you need to be a NAWCC member to access the Bulletin, a huge benefit of membership).

How to identify his work? There are 2 very good monographs about his work by the eminent Chris Bailey which contain full size replicas of a #, BUT NOT ALL of this stencils. You can thus compare a tablet at hand to the examples there. You may find an exact match or ones that share similar elements in a particular tablet. WBF often reused certain motifs in different combinations in different stencils.

He is also credited with some wonderful free hand geometric tables, sometimes found together with one of his stenciled works. Here is an example of such a combination in a Smith and Goodrich clock:

smith and goodrich 1.JPG

The upper is one of his stenciled glasses, the lower a geometric.

Ultimately, how does one learn to ID his work? Experience. Keep looking at the old stuff.

Enjoy your very nice clock.

RM.
 

Copperdragon3

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Thanks for confirming that R.M.! I always like to know as much about my clocks as possible, so knowing Mr. Fenn is the artist really helps.
 

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hello, everyone, i have a Terry and Andrews steeple clock, 8 day with brass springs, that has etched glass bottom panel. Did T & A etch their own glass? Thanks for any info, Harold
 

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