NAWCC Chapter 74

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Last Update July 25, 2020

Pillar and Scroll Clocks

by Len Kaufman

1.       Eli Terry experimented with wooden works movements in the early 1800’s

Porter contracted for 4,000 movements for tall case clocks.  Took him three years, and completed in 1810.

First person to complete mass production with fully interchangeable parts.

Sold his factory to Seth Thomas and Silas Hoadley in 1810.

Patented 30 hour, WW movement in 1816

Peak Pillar and Scroll production 1822 to 1830

Pillar and Splat killed the Pillar and Scroll market

Variations made by other makers used to skirt Terry patent

2.      Case inspection – Federal Style

Finials and pegs – not screws

Bonnet – No Breaks, replacements or repairs

Bonnet should be curved rearwards

Check for glue blocks

Dust Covers

Rear Zinc dust cover on rear of movement

Lock on door and escutcheons

Doors – Check glasses for putty, bubbles and waves

Inside papers

Dial – Painted wood, wear and chipping

Weights and bob

Skirting – Inspect like bonnet