Terry & Son Pillar and Splat

sylvester12

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I came across this clock at one of the antique malls I go to. Its a Eli Terry & Son Pillar and Splat. I Googled Terry & Son clocks but didn't see any like this one which has characteristics different than most Pillar and Splat clocks one being the pillars. The case, dial, label all look OK but there's a few things that have been replaced or are suspect. The hands, finials ?, wood grained bottom panel , middle panel is a picture and the black strips on the side of the middle and bottom door openings. Any input would be much appreciated.

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Jim DuBois

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Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but you asked? The reason you did not find similar clocks is this case is mostly a fabrication by a well-meaning amateur woodworker who labored hard to build something special. And he missed the target. The dial is either a repaint or its numbers and chapter rings are overpainted, and not well done. The splat, the feet, the plinths, and the finials are all wrong, as are the hands. The door is a later fabrication as are the columns and their plinths. The label is perhaps the best part of the clock, it looks pretty much "right." Given the rest of the treatment of the clock, one would have to expect to find similar repair issues with the movement. The asking price has at least an extra digit in it now, so no need to chase this one. A clock to avoid at any price IMO. There are frequently good woodworks clocks found for well under $100, clocks with few or no apologies.
 

sylvester12

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Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but you asked? The reason you did not find similar clocks is this case is mostly a fabrication by a well-meaning amateur woodworker who labored hard to build something special. And he missed the target. The dial is either a repaint or its numbers and chapter rings are overpainted, and not well done. The splat, the feet, the plinths, and the finials are all wrong, as are the hands. The door is a later fabrication as are the columns and their plinths. The label is perhaps the best part of the clock, it looks pretty much "right." Given the rest of the treatment of the clock, one would have to expect to find similar repair issues with the movement. The asking price has at least an extra digit in it now, so no need to chase this one. A clock to avoid at any price IMO. There are frequently good woodworks clocks found for well under $100, clocks with few or no apologies.
Thanks Jim
 
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