Terry clip

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An original Terry clip

A Terry clip (or Terry's clip) is a spring metal clip used to hold a cylindrical object. For example, to secure a bicycle pump onto a bicycle frame. The object to be held is pushed into the clip to secure it, and pulled out to release. The original Terry clips were manufactured and sold by Herbert Terry & Sons Limited, Redditch, England[1] (established in 1855).[2]

References in popular culture[edit]

  • The Terry clip provided the inspiration for the song "Terry Keeps His Clips On" by Vivian Stanshall. This was recorded in 1975, but wasn't released until 1981 on the album Teddy Boys Don't Knit.[3]


  1. ^ Cleaver, Naomi (15 October 2005). "Design classics: the Anglepoise lamp". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 7 September 2011. ... by the early 1930s, Herbert Terry and Sons had discovered that it could increase profit margins by manufacturing finished products, and so developed ranges of hose clamps and the famous Terry clip.
  2. ^ "Our Company and Spring Industry History". Central Springs & Pressings Limited. centralsprings.com. 2008. Retrieved 2011-09-08. Central Springs was developed from the original company Herbert Terry & Sons Ltd (Terrys), which was established in 1855.
  3. ^ Randall, Lucian; Welch, Chris (2001). Ginger Geezer: The Life of Vivian Stanshall. Fourth Estate. p. 175. ISBN 1-84115-679-5. A type of clasp called Terry's clips, as used by former Bonzo Roger Wilkes, supplied the original inspiration for the song.