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Object ID # 1956.015.012abcde
Object Name Clock, Wall
Title Eli Terry & Son Clock
Lexicon category 5: T&E For Science & Technology
Year Range from 1793
Year Range to 1818
Artist Eli Terry & Son
Made Eli Terry & Son
Place of Origin Plymouth, Connecticut
Description Clock (a), weight (b), 2nd weight (e) pendulum (c), key (d). This clock of "American" manufacture, belonged to the Holmes family of Owen Sound, Ontario. It was made by the Eli Terry & Son company of Plymouth, Connecticut. It is a weight-driven clock. The two clock weights differ in size. Except for its escapement, all of its wheels are wooden. The clock has a black-printed maker's label within that has "PATENT CLOCKS / Invented by Eli Terry & Son / Made and Sold at / Plymouth, Connecticut by Eli Terry & Son." To the left of this is "DIRECTIONS" (but this area is hard to read). The clock originally had a dark brown finish. The bottom front edge and the bottom door frame piece no longer match, so they might have been replaced at some point? The top of the clock has a scroll-work false front decorative piece that has hand-painted-looking motifs that are leafy and also have two to three peach-like fruit motifs. The central area might possibly be a basket motif?
Makers mark Printed lettering on interior label (has an eagle-like motif as well)
Provenance Eli Terry began making clocks in 1793. His second son, Henry Terry, his second son, joined him and Eli Jr. in 1818 at which point the company name changed to "Eli Terry and Sons," so the clock dates to before that year.

Previously owned by Mr. Aubrey Holmes, who resided in Owen Sound, Grey County. His parents also had resided at Owen Sound. His father was George Holmes (a late 19th-century photographer, who was born in 1860? (George's mother, Mrs. Robert Holmes, died of smallpox at Owen Sound in 1865, when he was five years of age). The Holmes family was related to the Steadman family.

The Holmes family were previously located in Puslinch Township before they came to Grey County. In the 1860s, Robert Holmes had a lime kiln at Holmes' Rock, along the Garafraxa Road (now the 9th Avenue East area near 6th St. East, Owen Sound, Grey County). The Grey County archives has an image that shows the Holmes family and their log cabin dwelling. There are also some letters / documents that the Holmes family had.

George Holmes married Miss Mary Mackey of Holland Township, Grey County.
Collection Horology, 19th-c Collection
Material Wood/Glass/Metal/Stain/Glue/Paper/Ink
Dimensions H-80.5 W-45.5 D-11 cm
Found Owen Sound, Grey County
People Holmes, George
Holmes, Aubrey
Subjects Clockmakers